Amanda Nunes, Jon Jones Headline Fighters in UFC 4's Top-10 Player Ratings

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2020

Amanda Nunes celebrates after defeating Germaine de Randamie in a mixed martial arts women's bantamweight championship bout at UFC 245, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Amanda Nunes, the UFC women's bantamweight and featherweight champion, was announced Thursday as the first woman to receive the top overall rating in EA Sports' UFC video game series. 

Here's a look at the complete top 10 for UFC 4, via EA Sports:

  • 1. Amanda Nunes (5 stars)
  • 2. Jon Jones (5 stars)
  • 3. Khabib Nurmagomedov (5 stars)
  • 4. Valentina Shevchenko (5 stars)
  • 5. Henry Cejudo (4.5 stars)
  • 6. Israel Adesanya (4.5 stars)
  • 7. Weili Zhang (4.5 stars)
  • 8. Stipe Miocic (4.5 stars)
  • 9. Georges St-Pierre (4.5 stars)
  • 10. Kamaru Usman (4.5 stars)

EA Sports previously revealed the fighters ranked between Nos. 11-50 for this year's game, all of whom have an overall star rating of either 4 or 4.5.

Nunes is riding an 11-fight winning streak since a September 2014 loss to Cat Zingano. The six-year unblemished run is highlighted by victories over Shayna Baszler, Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm and a pair of triumphs over Shevchenko, the fourth-rated fighter in EA Sports' UFC 4.

It's put the 32-year-old Brazilian in the conversation of the greatest fighters in MMA history, an ascension that occurred after a modest 9-4 record through the first 13 fights of her career.

"I'm living this fun ride and enjoying every single day," Nunes told Case Keefer of the Las Vegas Sun in June. "Be a good person, and life will give you back. I feel like now and always life will give back, because I don't want to do anything bad to anybody."

She added: "I knew something big was going to happen in my life, but sometimes it’s a surprise how big it is. It's bigger than we talked about, but I was ready."

Meanwhile, Jones most recently fought in February when he defended the light heavyweight title by unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes. It was his third straight successful defense since winning the vacant belt with a win over Alexander Gustafsson in December 2018.

His career record stands at 26-1, with the only loss coming by disqualification against Matt Hamill in December 2009, making him an obvious choice for the top-rated fighter on the men's side.

EA Sports' UFC 4 is available for pre-order on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with special exclusives, including the ability to play as boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. The game's official release is Aug. 14.