Mixed Martial Arts has become a very popular sports thanks in large part to the UFC. In 2009 the UFC released their first video game and won many end of the year awards over the likes of the Madden franchise as well as other great video games like the NCAA Football franchise and the NHL franchise. EA Sports wasn’t about to take that lying down though. In 2010 EA Sports has their own MMA game with its roster made up of Strikeforce fighters and other fighters. Here is a break down of some of the fighters on the two rosters.
UFC Undisputed 2010 Roster: Lightweights
Any UFC fan will be familiar with a lot of the Lightweights on the UFC Undisputed 2010 roster. The Lightweight division stars BJ Penn. There are other UFC mainstays like Clay Guida and Tyson Griffin. Anybody that watches the Ultimate Fighter reality series will be especially familiar with this division because it seems the Lightweight division is the division with the most former Ultimate Fighter competitors. They include Cole Miller, Diego Sanchez, Joe Lauzon, Joe Stevenson, Kenny Florian and Nate Diaz. Jens Pulver is also an exclusive on the Playstation 3 version of UFC Undisputed 2010.
EA Sports MMA Roster: Lightweights
While the UFC has a pretty stacked Lightweight division, the EA Sports MMA roster is lacking in the lightweight division. It does have current Strikeforce champion Gilbert Menendez and former champion Josh Thomson. Sinya Aoki is another Lightweight that was looking good overseas but lost his first match in the USA. Other lightweights on the EA Sports MMA Roster include Joachim Hansen, Vitor Ribeiro, Lyle Beerbohm and Eddie Alvarez.
UFC Undisputed 2010 Roster: Welterweights
The UFC’s Welterweight division isn’t as loaded as the Lightweight division but there are still a few big names and a few others. The Welterweight division is lead by Georges St. Pierre and Matt Hughes and other notable fighters on the UFC Undisputed 2010 roster include Josh Koscheck, Karo Parisyan, Matt Sera and Mike Swick. Royce Gracie is also an exclusive on the Playstation 3 version of the UFC Undisputed 2010 roster.
EA Sports MMA Roster: Welterweights
The Welterweights on the EA Sports MMA roster aren’t as big in name but there are some quality fighters. Jake Shields was the Elite sterXC Welterweight Champion and is Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. Joe Hieron was the Welterweight Champion in the IFL now fighting in Strikeforce. Nick Thompson is a veteran fighter whose career has spanned Bodog, EliteXC, Strikeforce and UFC. Other Welterweight fighters include Nick Diaz, Marius Zaromskis, Joe Riggs, Tyron Woodley and Frank Trigg.
UFC Undisputed 2010 Roster: Middleweight
The UFC game’s Middleweight division is headed up by Anderson Silva and also includes Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, Nate Marquardt, Nate Quarry Vitor Belfort and Wanderlai Silva.
EA Sports MMA Roster: Middlweight
Dan Henderson is also on the EA Sports MMA roster game and is their biggest name in the Middleweight division. Some other names that might be familiar are Frank Shamrock and Robbie Lawler. The Middleweight division also includes Cung Le, Jason Miller, Scott Smith, Matt Lindland and others.
UFC Undisputed 2010 Roster: Light Heavyweight
The UFC’s Light Heavyweight division is another loaded division. The Light Heavyweight division of the UFC Undisputed 2010 roster has big names like Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz. The division has current contenders for the UFC title like Mauricio Rua and Lyoto Machida. The Ultimate Fighter show is also well represented in this division with Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Hamill, Stephan Bonnar and Keith Jardine. If that still isn’t enough then there is also former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman and former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin.
EA Sports MMA Roster: Light Heavyweight
Once again the EA Sports MMA roster can’t compete with the UFC Undisputed 2010 roster. There are some decent fighters like Gegard Mousasi, Renato Sobral, Murilo Ruah and Muhammed Lawal but certainly nowhere near the quality or star power of the UFC fighters.
UFC Undisputed 2010 Roster: Heavyweights
The UFC Heavyweight division of the UFC Undisputed 2010 roster includes the interim UFC Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin, the real Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Kimbo Slice, Antonio Rodrigue Nogueira, Mirko Cro Cop, Gabriel Gonzaga and others. The Playstation 3 version also has Dan Severn as an exclusive character.
EA Sports MMA Roster: Heavyweights
The EA Sports MMA roster has Fedor Emelianenko and was also able to get Randy Couture. Bobby Lashley is another name that will be familiar to pro wrestling fans. The EA Sports MMA roster also has Andre Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Ken Shamrock and Bas Rutten.
The entire UFC Undisputed 2010 roster can be found at Gamespot.
The EA Sports MMA roster can be found on the EA Sports website.