EA Sports UFC 2 Preview: Full Roster, Fighter Ratings and Release Date

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 3, 2016

Robbie Lawler in EA Sports UFC 2
Robbie Lawler in EA Sports UFC 2image provided by EA Sports

EA Sports UFC 2 will be available on March 10 for Xbox One owners who also subscribe to EA Access, per EA Sports. For non-subscribers and PlayStation 4 owners, the game will hit retailers on March 15.

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and superstar Ronda Rousey are on the cover, and the two polarizing figures headline the game's massive roster. More than 250 fighters will be available at launch, and that's not even counting the men and women who could be added via downloadable content after release.

Here's the complete list of fighters who will be playable at launch, per EASports.com:

Heavyweight Roster and Ratings
FighterRating
Old Mike Tyson?
Young Mike Tyson?
Fabricio Werdum93
Cain Velasquez92
Josh Barnett91
Jon Jones90
Daniel Cormier90
Junior Dos Santos90
Bas Rutten89
Ben Rothwell89
Stipe Miocic89
Mirko Cro Cop88
Andrei Arlovski88
Alistair Overeem88
Travis Browne87
Mark Hunt87
Frank Mir87
Roy Nelson87
Kazushi Sakuraba87
Ruslan Magomedov86
Minotauro Nogueira86
Antonio Silva86
Mark Coleman85
Todd Duffee85
Gabriel Gonzaga85
Shawn Jordan85
Matt Mitrione85
Alexey Oleynik85
Stefan Struve85
Derrick Lewis84
Jared Rosholt84
Pat Barry83
EASports.com
Light Heavyweight Ratings
FighterRating
Old Mike Tyson?
Mike Tyson?
Jon Jones95
Daniel Cormier94
Anthony Johnson92
Alexander Gustafsson91
Chuck Liddell91
Anderson Silva90
Chris Weidman90
Vitor Belfort90
Rashad Evans89
Bas Rutten89
Ovince Saint Preux89
Glover Teixeira89
Ryan Bader89
Patrick Cummins88
Forrest Griffin88
Dan Henderson88
Quinton Jackson88
Lyoto Machida88
Jimi Manuwa88
Gegard Mousasi88
Mauricio Rua88
Kazushi Sakuraba88
Minotauro Nogueira87
Chael Sonnen87
Michael Bisping86
Ilir Latifi85
Gian Villante85
Jan Blachowicz85
Fabio Maldonado84
Ildemar Alcantara84
Corey Anderson84
Rafael Cavalcante84
EASports.com
Middleweight Ratings
Luke Rockhold93
Chris Weidman92
Yoel Romero90
Anderson Silva90
Jacare Souza90
Georges St-Pierre90
Kazushi Sakuraba89
Robbie Lawler89
Rory MacDonald89
Lyoto Machida89
Chael Sonnen88
Elias Theodorou88
Vitor Belfort88
Nick Diaz88
Kelvin Gastelum88
Royce Gracie88
Uriah Hall88
Dan Henderson88
Tim Kennedy88
Demian Maia88
Gegard Mousasi88
Robert Whittaker87
Michael Bisping87
CB Dollaway86
Thales Leites86
Mark Munoz86
Brad Tavares85
Sam Alvey85
Derek Brunson85
Roan Carneiro85
Rafael Natal85
Costas Philippou85
Ildemar Alcantara84
Tim Boetsch84
Nate Marquardt84
Cezar Ferreira83
EASports.com
Welterweight Ratings
Georges St-Pierre94
Robbie Lawler93
Rory MacDonald92
Johny Hendricks92
Carlos Condit91
Bruce Lee90
Hector Lombard90
Demian Maia90
Matt Brown90
Benson Henderson90
Neil Magny89
Gunnar Nelson89
BJ Penn89
Stephen Thomson89
Tyron Woodley89
Nick Diaz89
Kelvin Gastelum89
Matt Hughes89
Dong Hyun Kim89
Tarec Saffiedine88
Rick Story88
Mike Pyle87
Jake Ellenberger87
Martin Kampmann86
Hyun Gyu Lim86
Jordan Mein86
Ben Saunders86
Erick Silva86
Brandon Thatch86
Nate Diaz86
Royce Gracie86
Ryan LaFlare86
Tim Means85
Augusto Montano85
Omari Akhmedov85
Thiago Alves85
Kenny Robertson84
Pascal Krauss84
CM Punk82
EASports.com
Lightweight Ratings
Rafael dos Anjos94
Conor McGregor92
Anthony Pettis92
Benson Henderson91
Bruce Lee91
Khabib Nurmagomedov91
BJ Penn91
Frankie Edgar90
Jose Aldo90
Eddie Alvarez90
Donald Cerrone90
Tony Ferguson89
Chan Sung Jung89
Jorge Masvidal89
Gilbert Melendez89
Nate Diaz89
Joe Duffy88
Michael Johnson88
Myles Jury88
Dustin Poirier88
Edson Barboza88
Michael Chiesa88
Bobby Green87
Al Iaquinta87
Jim Miller87
Beneil Dariush87
TJ Grant86
Clay Guida86
Joe Lauzon86
Gray Maynard86
Yancy Medeiros86
Paul Felder85
Takanori Gomi85
Diego Sanchez85
James Vick85
Rustam Khabilov84
Chad LaPrise84
Norman Parke84
Ross Pearson84
Olivier Aubin-Mercier84
Gilbert Burns84
EASports.com
Featherweight Ratings
Conor McGregor94
Jose Aldo93
Frankie Edgar93
Chad Mendes92
BJ Penn91
Dominick Cruz91
Bruce Lee91
Cub Swanson90
Doo Ho Choi90
TJ Dillashaw90
Max Holloway90
Chan Sung Jung90
Ricardo Lamas90
Dustin Poirier89
Urijah Faber89
Charles Oliveira88
Yair Rodriguez87
Jeremy Stephens87
Dennis Bermudez87
Diego Brandao87
Darren Elkins87
Nik Lentz87
Dennis Siver86
Makwan Amirkhani86
Mirsad Bektic86
Hacran Dias86
Clay Guida86
Brian Ortega85
Clay Collard85
Daniel Hooker85
Tatsuya Kawajiri85
EASports.com
Bantamweight Ratings
Dominick Cruz93
TJ Dillashaw92
Bruce Lee92
Renan Barao92
Urijah Faber91
Demetrious Johnson91
John Dodson90
Aljamain Sterling90
Thomas Almeida90
Michael McDonald89
Takeya Mizugaki89
Cody Garbrandt88
Raphael Assuncao88
Bryan Caraway88
Mitch Gagnon87
Johnny Eduardo86
Manvel Gamburyan86
Scott Jorgensen86
John Lineker86
Frankie Saenz86
Joe Soto86
Chris Holdsworth85
Brad Pickett85
Francisco Rivera85
Eddie Wineland85
Iuri Alcantara85
Alex Caceres85
Erik Perez84
EASports.com
Flyweight Ratings
Demetrious Johnson95
John Dodson93
Joseph Benavidez92
Henry Cejudo91
John Moraga90
Kyoji Horiguchi90
Ian McCall89
Dustin Ortiz89
Ray Borg89
Zach Makovsky88
Ali Bagautinov87
Jussier Formiga87
Paddy Holohan87
Sergio Pettis86
Wilson Reis85
Justin Scoggins85
Chris Beal85
Chris Cariaso84
Chico Camus83
EASports.com
Women's Bantamweight
Holly Holm93
Ronda Rousey92
Miesha Tate90
Julianna Pena89
Cat Zingano89
Sara McMann88
Sarah Kaufman87
Amanda Nunes87
Jessica Andrade87
Germaine de Randamie87
Lauren Murphy86
Raquel Pennington86
Marion Reneau86
Liz Carmouche86
Bethe Correia86
Leslie Smith85
Alexis Davis85
Jessica Eye85
Elizabeth Phillips84
Ashlee Evans-Smith84
EASports.com
Women's Strawweight Ratings
Joanna Jedrzejczyk93
Claudia Gadelha91
Valerie Letourneau90
Rose Namajunas90
Carla Esparza90
Tecia Torres89
Paige VanZant89
Michelle Waterson89
Joanne Calderwood89
Randa Markos88
Jessica Penne88
Bec Rawlings88
Felice Herrig88
Maryna Moroz87
Alex Chambers87
Aisling Daly87
Juliana Lima86
Alexandra Albu86
Kailin Curran86
Seo Hee Ham86
Heather Jo Clark85
EASports.com

Top-Rated Fighters

The Notorious One Is Dangerous in Stand-Up

McGregor is the top-rated stand-up fighter in EA Sports UFC 2, per the tweet above from EA Sports. Who can argue with that distinction? He has recorded 17 of his 19 wins by KO, and the most recent finish was a 13-second demolition of all-time great and longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

We do have to wonder whether Holly Holm should be ahead of Luke Rockhold on the list. The UFC middleweight champion is a great fighter in just about every facet, but Holm's boxing prowess, as shown in her destruction of Rousey, is impressive.

Perhaps Holm needs to finish Miesha Tate in the UFC 196 co-main event to get a bump in her ratings.

 

Stay Out of Cormier's Clinch

Olympic medalist and current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is a monster grappler, and his dominance doesn't have to take place on the mat. Cormier might be the most prolific slammer in the UFC, and these maneuvers start in the clinch.

That's the reason Cormier is tops in clinch rating. Just behind him is powerful but oft-injured Russian lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

If healthy, he'd be the guy McGregor may not want to see coming.

 

Pound-for-Pound Best

Despite his recent absence, the folks at EA Sports rightly acknowledge that Jon "Bones" Jones is still the best fighter in the world. He and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson are the top-rated fighters in the game.

Johnson is often overlooked, but his combination of speed, wrestling, submission acumen and cardio is nearly unmatched in the sport.

Is anybody else ready to fight?


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