"UFC 2009 Undisputed" roster revealed with more than 80 UFC fighters
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 19, 2009 at 6:49 pm ET
The full roster of fighters has been unveiled for the highly anticipated upcoming release of "UFC 2009 Undisputed."
The game, available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, is slated for a May release.
More than 80 fighters will appear in the debut version of "UFC Undisputed," which is part of a multi-year deal between the UFC and game developer THQ.
The highly anticipated title will be the most realistic MMA video game ever developed, according to THQ.
A few surprises can be found in the divisional breakdowns. A number of fighters in the game, for example, have since signed with other organizations, including Andrei Arlovski, Tito Ortiz, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Tim Sylvia. Others, such as Josh Burkman and Matt Arroyo, were recently dropped from the organization but still appear in the game.
Additionally, a few notables are noticeably absent, including Randy Couture, Dustin Hazelett, Matt Hamill, Josh Neer and Jeremy Stephens. And some recent additions to the UFC roster aren't in the game, including Shane Carwin, Denis Kang, Akihiro Gono and Caol Uno.
As we previously reported, former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin is featured on the cover of the U.S. version of the game, and UFC welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre graces the Canadian version.
The full list of fighters, courtesy of GameSpot.com, can be found below (fighters who can compete in multiple weight classes are designated):
Heavyweights: Andrei Arlovski, Mark Coleman, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, Antoni Hardonk, Heath Herring, Cheick Kongo, Brock Lesnar, Justin McCully, Frank Mir, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Eddie Sanchez, Tim Sylvia, Cain Velasquez, Brandon Vera (LH) and Fabricio Werdum
Light heavyweights: Houston Alexander, Ryan Bader*, Tim Boetsch, Stephan Bonnar, Rashad Evans, Wilson Gouveia (MW), Forrest Griffin, James Irvin, Quinton Jackson, Keith Jardine, Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tito Ortiz, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Thiago Silva and Wanderlei Silva
Middleweights: Ricardo Almeida, Michael Bisping (LHW), Kendall Grove, Rich Franklin (LHW), Dan Henderson (LHW), Martin Kampmann (WW), Chris Leben, Thales Leites, Jason MacDonald, Demian Maia, Nate Marquardt, Drew McFedries, Yushin Okami, Amir Sadollah (WW), Anderon Silva (LHW) and Evan Tanner
Welterweights: Thiago Alves, Matt Arroyo, Kyle Bradley, Josh Burkman, Marcus Davis, Jon Fitch, Matt Hughes, Anthony Johnson, Josh Koscheck, Chris Lytle, Karo Parisyan, Diego Sanchez, Ben Saunders, Matt Serra (LW), Georges St. Pierre and Mike Swick (MW)
Lightweights: Mark Bocek, Rich Clementi, Mac Danzig, Nathan Diaz, Frankie Edgar, Efrain Escudero*, Spencer Fisher, Kenny Florian, Hermes Franca, Tyson Griffin, Roger Huerta, Joe Lauzon, Gray Maynard, B.J. Penn (WW), Sean Sherk (WW), Joe Stevenson and Thiago Tavares