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

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

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
Fighter Rating
Old Mike Tyson ?
Young Mike Tyson ?
Fabricio Werdum 93
Cain Velasquez 92
Josh Barnett 91
Jon Jones 90
Daniel Cormier 90
Junior Dos Santos 90
Bas Rutten 89
Ben Rothwell 89
Stipe Miocic 89
Mirko Cro Cop 88
Andrei Arlovski 88
Alistair Overeem 88
Travis Browne 87
Mark Hunt 87
Frank Mir 87
Roy Nelson 87
Kazushi Sakuraba 87
Ruslan Magomedov 86
Minotauro Nogueira 86
Antonio Silva 86
Mark Coleman 85
Todd Duffee 85
Gabriel Gonzaga 85
Shawn Jordan 85
Matt Mitrione 85
Alexey Oleynik 85
Stefan Struve 85
Derrick Lewis 84
Jared Rosholt 84
Pat Barry 83

EASports.com

Light Heavyweight Ratings
Fighter Rating
Old Mike Tyson ?
Mike Tyson ?
Jon Jones 95
Daniel Cormier 94
Anthony Johnson 92
Alexander Gustafsson 91
Chuck Liddell 91
Anderson Silva 90
Chris Weidman 90
Vitor Belfort 90
Rashad Evans 89
Bas Rutten 89
Ovince Saint Preux 89
Glover Teixeira 89
Ryan Bader 89
Patrick Cummins 88
Forrest Griffin 88
Dan Henderson 88
Quinton Jackson 88
Lyoto Machida 88
Jimi Manuwa 88
Gegard Mousasi 88
Mauricio Rua 88
Kazushi Sakuraba 88
Minotauro Nogueira 87
Chael Sonnen 87
Michael Bisping 86
Ilir Latifi 85
Gian Villante 85
Jan Blachowicz 85
Fabio Maldonado 84
Ildemar Alcantara 84
Corey Anderson 84
Rafael Cavalcante 84

EASports.com

Middleweight Ratings
Luke Rockhold 93
Chris Weidman 92
Yoel Romero 90
Anderson Silva 90
Jacare Souza 90
Georges St-Pierre 90
Kazushi Sakuraba 89
Robbie Lawler 89
Rory MacDonald 89
Lyoto Machida 89
Chael Sonnen 88
Elias Theodorou 88
Vitor Belfort 88
Nick Diaz 88
Kelvin Gastelum 88
Royce Gracie 88
Uriah Hall 88
Dan Henderson 88
Tim Kennedy 88
Demian Maia 88
Gegard Mousasi 88
Robert Whittaker 87
Michael Bisping 87
CB Dollaway 86
Thales Leites 86
Mark Munoz 86
Brad Tavares 85
Sam Alvey 85
Derek Brunson 85
Roan Carneiro 85
Rafael Natal 85
Costas Philippou 85
Ildemar Alcantara 84
Tim Boetsch 84
Nate Marquardt 84
Cezar Ferreira 83

EASports.com

Welterweight Ratings
Georges St-Pierre 94
Robbie Lawler 93
Rory MacDonald 92
Johny Hendricks 92
Carlos Condit 91
Bruce Lee 90
Hector Lombard 90
Demian Maia 90
Matt Brown 90
Benson Henderson 90
Neil Magny 89
Gunnar Nelson 89
BJ Penn 89
Stephen Thomson 89
Tyron Woodley 89
Nick Diaz 89
Kelvin Gastelum 89
Matt Hughes 89
Dong Hyun Kim 89
Tarec Saffiedine 88
Rick Story 88
Mike Pyle 87
Jake Ellenberger 87
Martin Kampmann 86
Hyun Gyu Lim 86
Jordan Mein 86
Ben Saunders 86
Erick Silva 86
Brandon Thatch 86
Nate Diaz 86
Royce Gracie 86
Ryan LaFlare 86
Tim Means 85
Augusto Montano 85
Omari Akhmedov 85
Thiago Alves 85
Kenny Robertson 84
Pascal Krauss 84
CM Punk 82

EASports.com

Lightweight Ratings
Rafael dos Anjos 94
Conor McGregor 92
Anthony Pettis 92
Benson Henderson 91
Bruce Lee 91
Khabib Nurmagomedov 91
BJ Penn 91
Frankie Edgar 90
Jose Aldo 90
Eddie Alvarez 90
Donald Cerrone 90
Tony Ferguson 89
Chan Sung Jung 89
Jorge Masvidal 89
Gilbert Melendez 89
Nate Diaz 89
Joe Duffy 88
Michael Johnson 88
Myles Jury 88
Dustin Poirier 88
Edson Barboza 88
Michael Chiesa 88
Bobby Green 87
Al Iaquinta 87
Jim Miller 87
Beneil Dariush 87
TJ Grant 86
Clay Guida 86
Joe Lauzon 86
Gray Maynard 86
Yancy Medeiros 86
Paul Felder 85
Takanori Gomi 85
Diego Sanchez 85
James Vick 85
Rustam Khabilov 84
Chad LaPrise 84
Norman Parke 84
Ross Pearson 84
Olivier Aubin-Mercier 84
Gilbert Burns 84

EASports.com

Featherweight Ratings
Conor McGregor 94
Jose Aldo 93
Frankie Edgar 93
Chad Mendes 92
BJ Penn 91
Dominick Cruz 91
Bruce Lee 91
Cub Swanson 90
Doo Ho Choi 90
TJ Dillashaw 90
Max Holloway 90
Chan Sung Jung 90
Ricardo Lamas 90
Dustin Poirier 89
Urijah Faber 89
Charles Oliveira 88
Yair Rodriguez 87
Jeremy Stephens 87
Dennis Bermudez 87
Diego Brandao 87
Darren Elkins 87
Nik Lentz 87
Dennis Siver 86
Makwan Amirkhani 86
Mirsad Bektic 86
Hacran Dias 86
Clay Guida 86
Brian Ortega 85
Clay Collard 85
Daniel Hooker 85
Tatsuya Kawajiri 85

EASports.com

Bantamweight Ratings
Dominick Cruz 93
TJ Dillashaw 92
Bruce Lee 92
Renan Barao 92
Urijah Faber 91
Demetrious Johnson 91
John Dodson 90
Aljamain Sterling 90
Thomas Almeida 90
Michael McDonald 89
Takeya Mizugaki 89
Cody Garbrandt 88
Raphael Assuncao 88
Bryan Caraway 88
Mitch Gagnon 87
Johnny Eduardo 86
Manvel Gamburyan 86
Scott Jorgensen 86
John Lineker 86
Frankie Saenz 86
Joe Soto 86
Chris Holdsworth 85
Brad Pickett 85
Francisco Rivera 85
Eddie Wineland 85
Iuri Alcantara 85
Alex Caceres 85
Erik Perez 84

EASports.com

Flyweight Ratings
Demetrious Johnson 95
John Dodson 93
Joseph Benavidez 92
Henry Cejudo 91
John Moraga 90
Kyoji Horiguchi 90
Ian McCall 89
Dustin Ortiz 89
Ray Borg 89
Zach Makovsky 88
Ali Bagautinov 87
Jussier Formiga 87
Paddy Holohan 87
Sergio Pettis 86
Wilson Reis 85
Justin Scoggins 85
Chris Beal 85
Chris Cariaso 84
Chico Camus 83

EASports.com

Women's Bantamweight
Holly Holm 93
Ronda Rousey 92
Miesha Tate 90
Julianna Pena 89
Cat Zingano 89
Sara McMann 88
Sarah Kaufman 87
Amanda Nunes 87
Jessica Andrade 87
Germaine de Randamie 87
Lauren Murphy 86
Raquel Pennington 86
Marion Reneau 86
Liz Carmouche 86
Bethe Correia 86
Leslie Smith 85
Alexis Davis 85
Jessica Eye 85
Elizabeth Phillips 84
Ashlee Evans-Smith 84

EASports.com

Women's Strawweight Ratings
Joanna Jedrzejczyk 93
Claudia Gadelha 91
Valerie Letourneau 90
Rose Namajunas 90
Carla Esparza 90
Tecia Torres 89
Paige VanZant 89
Michelle Waterson 89
Joanne Calderwood 89
Randa Markos 88
Jessica Penne 88
Bec Rawlings 88
Felice Herrig 88
Maryna Moroz 87
Alex Chambers 87
Aisling Daly 87
Juliana Lima 86
Alexandra Albu 86
Kailin Curran 86
Seo Hee Ham 86
Heather Jo Clark 85

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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