After months of speculation we finally have the roster of fighters that are gonna be on the upcoming UFC Undisputed video game. I have plenty of comments but let me add the list of UFC (and some non-UFC) fighters.
Heavyweights: Andrei Arlovski, Mark Coleman, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, Antoni Hardonk, Heath Herring, Cheick Kongo, Brock Lesnar, Justin McCully, Frank Mir, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Eddie Sanchez, Tim Sylvia, Cain Velasquez, Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum
Light heavyweights: Houston Alexander, Ryan Bader, Tim Boetsch, Stephan Bonnar, Rashad Evans, Wilson Gouveia, Forrest Griffin, James Irvin, Quinton Jackson, Keith Jardine, Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tito Ortiz, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Thiago Silva and Wanderlei Silva
Middleweights: Ricardo Almeida, Michael Bisping, Kendall Grove, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson (LHW), Martin Kampmann, Chris Leben, Thales Leites, Jason MacDonald, Demian Maia, Nate Marquardt, Drew McFedries, Yushin Okami, Amir Sadollah, Anderon Silva and Evan Tanner
Welterweights: Thiago Alves, Matt Arroyo, Kyle Bradley, Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis, Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes, Anthony Johnson, Josh Koscheck, Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, Diego Sanchez, Ben Saunders, Matt Serra, Georges St. Pierre and Mike Swick
Lightweights: Mark Bocek, Rich Clementi, Mac Danzig, Nathan Diaz, Frankie Edgar, Efrain Escudero, Spencer Fisher, Kenny Florian, Hermes Franca, Tyson Griffin, Roger Huerta, Joe Lauzon, Gray Maynard, B.J. Penn, Sean Sherk, Joe Stevenson and Thiago TavaresIn all honesty this is a very good list and Im pretty excited about the game. However there are some pretty notable fighters missing from this list. The first very notable missing fighter from the list is Randy Couture. You would figure a 3-time UFC champion and UFC Hall of Famer would be on the game. There are two other pretty big names missing and that is Clay Guida and Matt Hamill. Clay Guida is 6-3 in the UFC which is very respectable in such a tough sport. He has beaten several of the guys on the game. Matt Hamill is a very popular fighter due to his appearance on the Ultimate Fighter and that he is deaf which has earned him a ton of respect from fans and fighters. He is 6-2 in the UFC with the losses coming against Michael Bisping and Rich Franklin whom are both pretty good fighters as well.
One thing that I found pretty interesting is that Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero arent actually on the game but are available as downloadable characters. That is if you buy the game from gamestop. If you buy the game at gamestop they give you an exclusive code to go on the website and download last season’s Ultimate Fighter winners. Maybe the fighters mentioned above have a same sort of deal and will be available via download.
I just look at this list and see several guys that are no longer in the UFC. Thats good in some instances and bad in others. For example I’m glad to see guys like Mirko Crocop, Tito Ortiz and Andrei Arlovski on the game as those guys left due to contract issues and are still pretty good fighters. But you have guys on this list like Eddie Sanchez, Drew McFedries and Nakamura that were flat out released by the UFC because they couldn’t cut it. I mean for example Nakamura was 0-2 in the UFC before he was cut. So why put him in the game?
I’m not gonna complain too much this game looks great and several of the fighters are able to change weight classes as well. The following fighters can fight at different weight classes: Brandon Vera (HW and LHW), Wilson Gouveia (LHW and MW), Rich Franklin (LHW and MW), Dan Henderson (LHW and MW), Martin Kampmann (MW and WW), Michael Bisping (LHW and MW), Amir Sadollah (MW and WW), Anderson Silva (LHW and MW), Mike Swick (MW and WW), Matt Serra (WW and LW), B.J. Penn (WW and LW), Sean Sherk (WW and LW).
The game is set to be released on May 19th.