While fans hold their collective breaths in waiting for the full reveal of the EA Sports UFC mystery fighter, the developer has released four more fighters from their upcoming game.
Their reveal featured two top lightweights, a former champion, and a middleweight contender.
Former champion, only by technicality, Dominick Cruz made his UFC video game debut in UFC Undisputed 3 but makes his return in EA Sports UFC, in next generation glory.
Here are Cruz’ in-game profile stats:
- Nickname: NA
- Current Record: 19-1-0
- From: San Diego, CA, USA
- Fights Out Of: San Diego, CA, USA
- Age: 29
- Height: 5’8” (172 cm)
- Weight: 135 lbs (61kg)
- Strengths: Conditioning and Punching Power
The UFC’s first-ever Bantamweight Champion, Dominick Cruz represents one of the division’s most talented fighters, logging only a single loss in his professional career to rival Urijah Faber. An elusive fighter that deploys a mixture of boxing and wrestling inside the Octagon, Cruz also owned the WEC Bantamweight belt prior to becoming a champion in the UFC. Despite never losing his title during competition, Cruz has been plagued by a series of injuries that have kept him sidelined since 2011, eventually causing him to vacate his UFC title. Currently working his way back to 100%, Cruz will be looking to make his return to MMA in the near future.
The next is former number one lightweight contender Josh Thomson. He appeared in EA MMA but will now be featured under the ZUFFA banner.
Here are Thomson’s in-game profile stats:
- Nickname: The Punk
- Current Record: 20-6-0, 1NC
- From: San Jose, CA, USA
- Fights Out Of: San Jose, CA, USA
- Age: 35
- Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
- Weight: 155 lbs (70kg)
- Strengths: Cardio, Attitude
A true MMA veteran, Josh “The Punk” Thomson’s professional fighting career dates all the way back to 2001. Boasting a well-rounded skillset and strong ground game, Thomson has earned finishes in 14 of his 20 career victories, with eight coming via submission and another six by way of knockout. Making his original Octagon debut back in 2003 at UFC 44, Thomson went on to spend time as the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion before making his return to the UFC in April of 2013 with a Knockout of the Night performance over Nate Diaz.
A middleweight contender was next as former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza comes as another import from EA MMA.
Here are Souza’s in-game profile stats:
- Nickname: Jacare
- Current Record: 20-3-0, 1NC
- From: Espiritos Santos, Brazil
- Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Age: 34
- Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
- Weight: 185 lbs (84kg)
- Strengths: Submissions, Takedowns, Power
Arriving in the UFC after an extended run in Strikeforce, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has gone three-for-three since stepping into the Octagon, with wins over Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami and most recently Francis Carmont. A former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Jacare’s last loss came in a 2011 title bout against Luke Rockhold. Having already climbed to No. 4 in the UFC’s Middleweight rankings, another strong performance from Souza in his next fight should bring him significantly closer to challenging for the belt.
The final fighter was one who received no justice in previous UFC game installments. Fan-favorite Nate Diaz is here with no sign of his semi-retired brother Nick in the game but if Nate can be recreated this well, then both Diaz brothers are in good hands, with their trademark mannerisms hopefully coming to life.
Here are Diaz’ in-game profile stats:
- Nickname: NA
- Current Record: 18-9-0
- From: Stockton, CA, USA
- Fights Out Of: Stockton, CA, USA
- Age: 28
- Height: 6’0” (182 cm)
- Weight: Weight: 155 lbs (70kg)
- Strengths: Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Heart
Winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, and one half of the fan-favorite Diaz brothers, Nate Diaz made his professional fighting debut in the WEC at the age of 19. With a dominant ground game and top-tier boxing in his arsenal, Diaz not only finished all four of his TUF 5 bouts, but has since gone on to earn nine of his last 13 wins by submission. Most recently showcasing his standup with a Knockout of the Night win over Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale, Diaz will be looking repeat his bonus-winning performance the next time he steps back into the Octagon.
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