EA Sports UFC Slams Five New Fighters Into The Fold

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EA came out today in force for fans of MMA and the UFC franchises. Five new fighters have sauntered into the foray with amazingly beautiful, photo-realistic imagery. Your new warriors are as follows:

First up is the former Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir. Frank Mir is definitely the most well-known of today’s announced fighters. This is mostly due to his astounding mat-work and a memorable feud with current WWE superstar, Brock Lesnar. The others fighters are Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas, Cung Le, and Joe Lauzon. Check out all of their details down below.

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Frank Mir

  • Nickname: NA
  • Current Record: 16-8-0
  • From: Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 6’3” (190 cm)
  • Weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
  • Strengths: Great Submissions, Improved Striking, Two-Time Heavyweight Champion

Stepping into the Octagon for the first time in only his third pro bout, Frank Mir has been a staple of the UFC’s Heavyweight division since 2001. After winning the Heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia in 2004, Mir was sidelined for 20 months by a near career-ending motorcycle accident. His return to the sport is recognized as one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history, with Mir managing to fight his way back to become the division’s interim champion in 2008. An impressive ground game has helped Mir secure devastating submission wins over, Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, Cheick Kongo and Minotauro Nogueira.

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Jose Aldo

  • Nickname: Junior
  • Current Record: 23-1-0
  • From: Manaus, Brazil
  • Fights Out Of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Age: 27
  • Height: Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
  • Strengths: Very Strong Ground Game, Knockout Power, Stamina

Jose Aldo became the UFC’s inaugural Featherweight champion on Nov. 20, 2010 and hasn’t let the title go since. Following his first UFC title defense against Mark Hominick, the former WEC champ hasn’t looked back, defending it five times against some of the division’s top talent, including Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar. Considered one of MMA best pound-for-pound fighters, Aldo is an adept finisher with 15 of his 23 career wins coming by way of knockout.

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Ricardo Lamas

  • Nickname: The Bully
  • Current Record: 13-2-0
  • From: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’8” (172 cm)
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
  • Strengths: Explosiveness, Power

Since making his professional debut in 2008, Ricardo Lamas has been hard at work cementing his status as a fighter to watch out for in the Featherweight division. After racking up a 4-2 record in the WEC, Lamas transitioned into the UFC in 2011, scoring a first-round TKO win over Matt Grice in his debut. The Bully would go on to log a Submission of the Night performance against Cub Swanson at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos and went undefeated in his first four UFC bouts.

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Cung Le

  • Nickname: NA
  • Record: 9-2-0
  • From: Saigon, Vietnam
  • Fights Out Of: San Jose, CA, USA
  • Age: 41
  • Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
  • Weight: Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
  • Strengths: Striking, Takedowns

A gifted striker possessing some of the most powerful kicks in his division, Cung Le stepped onto the pro MMA stage for the first time in 2006. After debuting with Strikeforce, building a record of 7-1 and briefly holding their Middleweight title, Le made the jump to the UFC in 2011 likening his contract with the company to getting his black belt in MMA. The Taekwondo black belt, most recently scored an impressive KO victory over Rich Franklin and is currently the Mentor and Chief Coach of The Ultimate Fighter: China.

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Joe Lauzon

  • Nickname: J-Lau
  • Record: 23-10-0
  • From: Brockton, MA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Bridgewater, MA, USA
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5’10” (177 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Submissions

A true MMA veteran, Joe Lauzon has 33 professional fights to his name despite being only 29 years old. A submission specialist, Lauzon is known for his tendency to be involved in exciting bouts, win or lose, and holds the distinction of currently being tied with Anderson Silva as the all-time UFC Fight Bonus leader with 12 awards. After suffering back to back losses for the first time in his prolific career against Jim Miller and Michael Johnson, Lauzon wasted no time getting back to his winning ways, closing out 2013 with a victory over Mac Danzig.

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