On February 14, the third installment of the UFC Undisputed series comes out, as we get UFC Undisputed 3!
Hardcore fans of the series have been following the roster-reveals, and many fans were disappointed, as each division featured no more than 19 fighters.
The Pride roster did partially make up for this, as more than 30 fighters were revealed to be part of the Pride section of the game.
However, even with that, let's take a look at some notable snubs in each weight class, and in the Pride mode.
Not a whole lot to complain about in the bantamweight division, as it's pretty thin to begin with, but these four surely deserved to be considered.
Cole Escovedo: 17-8 MMA record, first ever WEC featherweight champion.
Alex Caceres: 5-4 MMA record, Ultimate Fighter 12 alumni, dropping to bantamweight for his next fight.
Nick Pace: 6-2 MMA record, former Ring of Combat bantamweight champion.
Ivan Menjivar: 23-8 MMA record, Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix semi-finalist.
Featherweight was a whole different story, as there were many fighters snubbed here.
Hatsu Hioki: 25-4-2 MMA record, former Shooto lightweight champion. Hioki is a recent signing, so him not being in the game is understandable.
Nam Phan: 17-9 MMA record, Ultimate Fighter 12 alumni, two time fight of the night winner.
Chan Sung Jung: 11-3 MMA record, and perhaps the most egregious of the snubs at featherweight. Jung and Leonard Garcia put on an epic war at WEC 48 that many fans were surely looking forward to reliving.
Jonathan Brookins: 12-4 MMA record, Ultimate Fighter 12 winner, and a very surprising fighter to not find on the roster.
Pablo Garza: 11-1 MMA record, 2-0 UFC record. Garza freaked out on Twitter when he found out he wasn't in the game, but will hopefully be included as DLC.
Michihiro Omigawa: 13-10-1 MMA record, 1-2 in the UFC. Omigawa being left out is understandable, as he has been underwhelming in the UFC.
Dustin Poirier: 10-1 MMA record, 2-0 at featherweight. Poirier has beaten one person who made the roster (Josh Grispi) and has established himself as a serious contender in the featherweight division.
Charles Oliveira: 14-2 [1 NC] MMA record, and another understandable snub, as he hasn't won a fight in more than a year. Also, he has not yet fought at featherweight.
Bart Palaszewski: 36-14 MMA record, and one of the most experienced featherweights in the UFC. Holds wins over Anthony Pettis and Tyson Griffin.
Tyson Griffin: 15-6 MMA record, former lightweight title contender. Griffin was in the last edition of UFC Undisputed, so his absence is surprising.
Lightweight is one of the deepest classes in the UFC, but for the most part, they got a lot of them right. Although the ones that they missed, they missed bad.
Tony Ferguson: Ultimate Fighter 13 winner, 12-2 MMA record, 2-0 in the UFC. Ferguson is understandably not on the roster, as Season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter was taking place when final roster decisions were made.
Cody McKenzie: Ultimate Fighter 12 alumni, 12-2 MMA record, 1-2 in the UFC. McKenzie is a fan favorite, but has been underwhelming in his past two outings, losing both times by second-round rear-naked choke.
Edson Barboza: 9-0 MMA record, and a bright young prospect in the lightweight division. Barboza has some of the most devastating—and flashy—kicks in the UFC.
Rafael dos Anjos: 15-5 MMA record, 4-3 UFC record, with a notable win over George Sotiropoulos. Dos Anjos isn't well known to casual fans, so his absence is understandable.
Anthony Njokuani: 14-5 [1 NC] MMA record, 5-4 UFC/ WEC record. Njokuani is another fighter who the casual fan hasn't heard of, and is understandably not on the roster.
Joe Lauzon: 21-6 MMA record, 8-3 UFC record. Lauzon is undoubtedly the worst snub in the lightweight division, and the fact that he was in the last installment of the game makes it even worse.
Matt Wiman: 14-6 record, 8-4 UFC record. Wiman has been in the UFC for five years, but has never really made a huge impact, as he has lost every time he got a step up in competition.
Spencer Fisher: 24-8 MMA record, and another fighter that was in the last installment of the Undisputed series, but is not in this installment.
Welterweight easily had the worst bunch of snubs, as every guy who I'm going to list is close to, or is, arguably, a top 10 fighter.
Brian Ebersole: 48-14-1 [1 NC] record, 2-0 UFC record. Ebersole signed with the UFC as a replacement for Carlos Condit opposite Chris Lytle at UFC 127. He beat Lytle, and then he beat Dennis Hallman in the first round. His chest hair may have been too much for THQ to handle. That's why he isn't in the game.
Rory MacDonald: 12-1 record, 3-1 in the UFC. MacDonald is pegged by many as the future UFC welterweight champion, and has been called GSP 2.0. Not having MacDonald in the game is pretty awful.
Charlie Brenneman-:14-3 record, 3-2 in the UFC. Brenneman's past two fights have both been against top fighters, as he beat Rick Story on short notice, and then lost to Anthony Johnson.
Jake Ellenberger: 26-5 record, 5-1 in the UFC. With Ellenberger's recent performance against Jake Shields (first round, first minute knockout) he is easily the worst welterweight left off the roster. Hopefully he'll be a part of the DLC.
Amir Sadollah: 5-3 MMA and UFC record. Sadollah was the Season 7 winner of The Ultimate Fighter and was in the last installment of the Undisputed series.
Rick Story: 13-4 record, 6-2 in the UFC. Story had the biggest win of his career at UFC 130, where he upset Thiago Alves. Unfortunately, he lost to late replacement Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 4. He will now face Martin Kampmann.
Johny Hendricks: 11-1 record, 8-1 UFC/WEC record. Hendricks is one of the top wrestlers in MMA, and he will face Jon Fitch at UFC 141.
Anthony Johnson: 10-3 MMA record, 7-3 in the UFC. Johnson was in the last installment of the Undisputed series, and is not in this one. Additionally, he is moving up to middleweight, so maybe it's for the best he didn't make it in to the game right off the bat.
Middleweight is another shallow division, which doesn't have all that many snubs.
Cung Le: 7-1 MMA record. Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. Le is an understandable snub, as he is yet to make his UFC debut, and only recently signed with the organization.
Nate Quarry: 12-4 MMA record, 7-3 in the UFC. Quarry is an alumni of Season 1 of the The Ultimate Fighter, however, his absence is not surprising, as he has not fought in almost a year, and is currently on the fence about retirement.
Light Heavyweight didn't have many snubs, but the ones who were, were top guys, and longtime veterans.
Stephan Bonnar: 13-7 MMA record, 7-6 UFC record. Bonnar was the Season 1 runner up in The Ultimate Fighter. Dana White has also said that Bonnar will always have a place in the UFC. I guess that didn't extend to the UFC video games.
Krzysztof Soszynski: 26-11-1 record, 6-2 UFC record. Soszynski is another fighter who was in the previous installment of the Undisputed series, but doesn't find himself in this one. He is 3-1 in his past four fights, so that's a bit surprising.
Alexander Gustafsson: 12-1 record, 4-1 UFC record. Gustafsson is a promising young prospect in the light heavyweight division, who many think will one day challenge Jon Jones for the title. Gustafsson will likely be included as DLC.
Randy Couture: 19-11 MMA record, 16-8 UFC record. Many expected Couture to finally make an appearance in the Undisputed series, but unfortunately, it was not to be. Couture signed his rights over to EA, and is probably not allowed in the Undisputed series due to that contract.
Heavyweight had two extremely notable absences, but the others aren't as shocking.
Alistair Overeem: 35-11 [1 NC] record in MMA. Overeem is the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion, and is understandably not in the game, as he signed with the UFC rather recently. Overeem will likely be part of the first bunch of DLC fighters.
Dave Herman: 21-2 MMA record, 1-0 UFC record. Herman is another fighter that isn't a total surprise he isn't in the game. Herman has only had one fight in the UFC, but he has a bit of a cult following, as of his 21 wins, 20 of them are finishes. Hopefully, he will be DLC at some point.
Christian Morecraft: 7-2 MMA record, 1-2 UFC. Morecraft is another one that people can't be surprised isn't in the game. He's been underwhelming during his time in the UFC, having lost badly to Stefan Struve and Matt Mitrione.
Matt Mitrione: 5-1 MMA and UFC record. Mitrione is perhaps the most shocking of the snubs from Undisputed, as prior to the loss to Kongo, Mitrione was being viewed as a threat in the heavyweight division. Mitrione will likely be DLC.
Pride fighters are a whole different story, as you can't expect them to get all of the fighters who have ever been in Pride, but they sure missed some big guys.
Oleg Taktarov: Taktarov has a 17-5-2 MMA record. Taktarov is a Pride and UFC veteran, and would have made a welcome addition to Pride mode. However, most casual fans (and some hardcore) have likely never heard his name before.
Kimo Leopoldo: Leopoldo is a former UFC and Pride veteran, who holds a 10-7-1 professional record. Leopoldo fought the likes of Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn during his time as a professional mixed martial artist. His name is another that many fans likely have never heard.
Rickson Gracie: Okay, so this one wasn't much of a surprise, but I was really hoping Gracie would make an appearance. Gracie had an 11-0 professional record, and all 11 wins were submission victories. It is said that he was a better BJJ practitioner than Royce and Renzo.
Kazushi Sakuraba: Arguably the worst snub from Pride mode is the face of Japanese MMA, Sakuraba. Sakuraba has a 26-16-1 [2 NC] record. Yes, I said has. He is still competing in MMA, and perhaps could be DLC.
Renzo Gracie: Another Gracie who didn't make the game is another Pride and UFC vet, Royce's cousin, Renzo Gracie. Renzo has a record of 13-7-1, and fought several times in Pride. He is unlikely to make it into the game as DLC.
Mark Kerr: Kerr is yet another Pride and UFC veteran, in fact, he won two UFC tournaments in the early days. Kerr had a professional record of 15-11 [1 NC] and fought some of the best in the sport. He's unlikely to be DLC.
Igor Vovchanchyn-:Another fighter who is arguably the worst snub from Pride mode is "Vovy." Vovy fought in Pride many times, and with a record of 54-10-1 [1 NC], he is one of the most experienced fighters in MMA history. He could be DLC.
Frank Trigg: The two-time UFC welterweight title challenger, Frank Trigg, didn't make his way into the game either. Trigg only fought in Pride twice, but he fought in the UFC multiple times, and many were hoping he'd make it in one way or the other.
Ken Shamrock:Yet another UFC and Pride vet, Ken Shamrock is still yet to make an appearance in the Undisputed series. Shamrock was 28-15-2 in his career and fought in some of the biggest organizations all around the world.
Yoshihiro Takayama: Let's be honest. Who wouldn't want to relive Takayama-Frye?
Ricardo Arona: Arona was a beast in his day. He was one of the best light heavyweights in the world, and even holds a victory over Alistair Overeem. But I want him in the game so I can Rampage power-bomb him all over again.
Choi-Hong Man: I heard there'd be freak show fighters. Bob Sapp is not what I was expecting. I was counting on the Techno Goliath.
Fedor Emelianenko: Fedor is in the same situation as Couture, as he signed his rights over to EA, and was unlikely to make an appearance in the game anyway.