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EA Sports UFC Unveils Four New Fighters, Including Rousey, Melendez

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EA Sports UFC continues to tease fans with unprecedented realism in the screenshots that trickle out from time to time to build hype for the game’s release.

The latest includes two lightweight title contenders, a veteran welterweight contender, and the UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

First was ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey. Here is her first screenshots from any video game.

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(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)

Here are Rousey’s in-game profile stats:

  • Nickname: Rowdy
  • Current Record: 9-0-0
  • From: Riverside, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Venice, CA, USA
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
  • Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg)
  • Strengths: Takedowns, Submissions, Explosiveness, Olympic Experience

Arguably one of the biggest stars fighting in the UFC today, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has been an unstoppable force in women’s MMA since turning pro in 2011. Rousey holds the distinction of being the UFC’s first Women’s Bantamweight champion, and also stands as the first American woman to claim an Olympic medal in Judo. Known for tapping out opponents with her signature armbar, Rousey recently showcased another side of her game, earning a TKO victory over fellow Olympian, Sara McMann, in just 66 seconds.

(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)
(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)

UFC lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez was also announced. Melendez just recently settled a brief contract dispute with the UFC and will coach opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on The Ultimtate Fighter 20, culminating in a title fight later this year.

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(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)

Here are Melendez’s in-game profile stats:

  • Nickname: El Nino
  • Current Record: 22-3-0
  • From: Santa Ana, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Ground and Pound, Cardio, Transitions

Strikeforce’s longtime Lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez joined the UFC in April of 2013 with a bout against Benson Henderson for the UFC title. Despite snapping a seven fight win-streak with a close split decision loss to Bendo, Melendez remains one of the top fighters to beat in the division. An arsenal of sharp striking skills has earned Melendez 11 career knockouts since turning pro in 2002. Look for Melendez to coach the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter, opposite Anthony Pettis before the two battle for the belt.

The next was one-half of the UF 171 main event which would crown just the first welterweight champion since former champion Georges St-Pierre’s departure. That man was Robbie Lawler:

(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)
(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)

Here are Lawler’s in-game profile stats:

  • Nickname: Ruthless
  • Current Record: 22-9-0, 1NC
  • From: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Coconut Creek, FL, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’10” (180 cm)
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
  • Strengths: Power, Hand Speed, Takedown Defense

With a skill-set divided down the middle between striking and takedowns, it’s little wonder that 18 of “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler’s 22 career wins have come by way of knockout. Back in the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce, Lawler immediately began working his way back up the Welterweight ladder and into the division’s top tier with three consecutive victories, including wins over Josh Koscheck and Rory MacDonald. The three fight win-streak earned him a bout with Johny Hendricks for the vacated Welterweight title.

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(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)

The final reveal was of former lightweight champion Benson Henderson. ‘Bendo’ had been showcased in various videos and was actually the first face they showed off in-game but seeing his entire body, fully rendered is impressive.

(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)
(Photo Courtesy via EASports.com/UFC)

Here are Henderson’s in-game profile stats:

  • Nickname: Smooth
  • Current Record: 20-3-0
  • From: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Glendale, AZ, USA
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Wrestling, Good Submissions, Ground and Pound

Ever since making his way over from the WEC, Benson “Smooth” Henderson has been a staple at the top of the UFC’s Lightweight division. After initially taking the belt from Frankie Edgar in his fourth Octagon appearance, Henderson defended the strap three times against the likes of Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez before finally losing it to rival Anthony Pettis in 2013. Already back to his winning ways with a victory over Josh Thomson, look for Bendo to work his way back to another title shot before long.