These are the fighters that make up the Light Heavyweight Division in EA SPORTS UFC:
One of the most feared fighters in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson possesses a dangerous blend of power and speed that marks a tough challenge for any opponent in his path. Currently riding an 8-fight win streak, Rumble has posted knockouts in 12 of his 18 career victories, most recently KOing Antonio Nogueira in spectacular fashion, earning himself a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. After spending a significant portion of his career – and his first stint in the UFC – fighting as a Welterweight, Rumble has also competed in the Middleweight and Heavyweight divisions before finally finding his home at 205lbs where he currently remains undefeated. Rumble will face one of his biggest tests in the UFC to date, when he squares off against the division’s No. 1 contender for the next shot at the Light Heavyweight title.
One of MMA’s biggest personalities and one of the most recognizable fighters on the planet, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been competing professionally since 1999. With a prolific career that’s spanned 46 fights to date, Jackson truly began shaping his reputation as one of MMA most exciting athletes during his time with Japan’s PRIDE organization where his aggressive style quickly established him as a fan favorite. In 2007, Jackson made the leap to the UFC where he continued adding to an already impressive resume by becoming the only person to defeat Chuck Liddell twice – winning the UFC Light Heavyweight title in the process. He would later go on to unify the UFC Light Heavyweight and PRIDE Middleweight titles when we he earned a unanimous decision victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 75, helping him claim Fighter of the Year honors for 2007.
Not only is Jon “Bones” Jones the youngest champion in UFC history, but with virtually no gaps in his game, the Light Heavyweight title-holder is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. At the age of 26, and hailing from a family of athletes—both his younger and older brothers currently play in the NFL—Jones has nothing but time ahead of him to polish his skills. This young superstar’s potential is limitless.
Kicking off his pro MMA career in March of 2007, Ryan “Darth” Bader made his official UFC debut with a TKO win over Vinny Magalhaes to win The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 and a contract with the organization. Remaining undefeated for four more fights following his UFC debut to bring his record to 12-0, Bader suffered his first loss at the hands of current Light Heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones.Winner of five of his last seven bouts, including his last two consecutive appearance in the Octagon, Bader is currently ranked No.9 in his division and will be looking to continue working his way towards a shot at the belt.
With an Olympic pedigree and an ever-evolving skill set as a mixed martial artist, Daniel “DC” Cormier has rapidly developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous fighters competing in the UFC’s upper weight classes. After debuting in the Octagon as a Heavyweight and putting together consecutive wins over Frank Mir and Roy Nelson, DC transitioned to the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division where he remained undefeated with victories over Patrick Cummins and Dan Henderson. With a spotless record under his belt and arguably some of the best wrestling in the organization, expect to see Cormier fighting for a UFC title sooner than later.
A standout wrestler in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis began his professional MMA career back in 2008, going undefeated in his first nine bouts. Making his UFC debut in February of 2010 with a win against Brian Stann, Davis has squared off against some of the division’s top talent including Alexander Gustafsson, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida. Currently listed as No. 7 in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight rankings, Davis will be looking to rebound in this next bout after having a three-fight win streak snapped at UFC 172.
One of only three Ultimate Fighter season winners to go on to claim a UFC Championship, “Suga” Rashad Evans has been a staple of the Light Heavyweight division’s Top Ten for as long as most fans can remember. With outstanding wrestling and lightning quick hands, Evans has claimed victories over a murderers’ row of UFC legends including Rampage Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin.
Looking back at his MMA career, it’s not hard to see why Forrest Griffin has been a longtime favorite of UFC fans around the world. A cast member on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, Griffin’s televised season-finale bout against Stephen Bonnar became an instant classic, and is widely credited with putting the UFC on the mainstream map in North America. Never short on heart, Griffin went on to become a veteran of the Octagon, capturing the Light Heavyweight champion in 2008.
One of the Light Heavyweight division’s rising stars, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson boasts a 7-2 record since entering the UFC. With an Octagon skill set that continues to grow as quickly as his international fan base, the European fighter proved he could hang with the best when he turned in a Fight of the Night performance against division champ, Jon Jones. Poised for another big year in 2014, Gustafsson will join Jones on the first-ever cover of EA SPORTS UFC.
A true MMA legend, Dan “Hendo” Henderson, has squared off against the best-of-best in a pro career that dates all the way back to 1997 and is still going strong today. With 14 wins by KO/TKO it’s safe to say that Hendo has some of the heaviest hands in the UFC while also boasting one of the best chins. A fan-favorite who holds winning records in the UFC, PRIDE and Strikeforce, Henderson most recently got himself back into the win column with a Fight of the Night comeback-performance in his rematch with fellow legend, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The epitome of a UFC “Hall of famer”, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell utilized his seek-and-destroy style of stand-up to rack up the second most career knockouts in UFC history, behind only Anderson Silva. Liddell held the Light Heavyweight title from April 2005 to May 2007 and is largely considered to be the top fighter of all time for his weight class. He also boasts one of the most memorable knockout celebrations in UFC history.
With a pro career that spans all the way back to 2003, Gegard Mousasi has already put together an impressive record despite being 28 years of age. A talented finisher, only five of Mousasi’s 34 victories have come by way of decision, earning 19 other wins by knockout and another 10 by submission. After emerging victorious against Ilir Lafiti in his UFC debut in 2013, Mousasi was recently handed one of the few losses of his career by Lyoto Machida. He’ll be looking to bounce back with a win in his next fight and crack the Middleweight Top 10.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
The twin brother of former UFC Heavyweight champ Minotauro Nogueira, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira began his professional MMA career back in 2001 with three consecutive wins. Winner of nine of his last 11 fights, Nogueira has gone up against some of MMA’s top talent over the years, squaring off against the likes of Dan Henderson, Shogun, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz. Primarily known for his striking inside the Octagon, Nogueira has no issues with finishing his fights on the ground and owns six submission wins to go along with his six wins by KO/TKO.
Having achieved legendary status over the course of a 12-year MMA career that saw him claim both a Pride Championship as well as the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Title, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua still boasts some of the heaviest hands in the division. An amazing 19 of Shogun’s 22 career victories have come by way of KO/TKO, scoring his most recent against James Te Huna in Brisbane, Australia. Shogun also stands as the only fighter to log back-to-back KO wins over two UFC Hall of Famers, in Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell.
With nearly 50 professional fights under his belt in a career that dates back to 1996, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva remains of the most intimidating fighters to ever compete in the Light Heavyweight division. A former PRIDE champion, Silva actually made his debut with the UFC in 1998, but would eventually find a permanent home with the organization in 2007. One Brazil’s most well-known mixed martial artists, Silva separated himself from the pack over the course of his career thanks to an elite standup game that saw him score 23 of his victories by KO/TKO. Winner of three of his last five bouts, Silva most recently logged a KO against Brian Stann in March 2013.
Perhaps the most polarizing figure in the history of the UFC, everyone has an opinion about Chael Sonnen. A talented wrestler with a sharp tongue, The American Gangster never holds back on the trash talk leading up to his bouts and backs it up with an aggressive style once inside the Octagon. His 2010 bout of against Anderson Silva won Fight of the Year and is considered by many an instant classic.
Glover Teixeira has consistently been a fighter on the rise since kicking off his professional MMA career in 2002. After going 2-2-0 in his first four bouts, Teixeira has been unstoppable, assembling an amazing 20-fight win streak that ranks among the best in the sport today with his last loss coming to Ed Herman back in 2005. Possessing a well-rounded game that allows him to control all aspects of a fight, Teixeira has earned 13 of his career wins by TKO/KO with another six coming by way of submission. His five consecutive wins in the UFC have earned him a shot at the Jon Jones and the Light Heavyweight title at UFC 172.
When it comes to longevity in an MMA career, it’s hard to do much better than Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. Still very much in the mix to claim a UFC title, Belfort made his UFC debut all the way back in 1997 at UFC 12 where he emerged at the winner of that Heavyweight tournament. After facing Jon Jones for the title at Light Heavyweight, Belfort dropped down to Middleweight where he rattled off three consecutive Knockout of the Night wins over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson. Winner of 10 of his last 12 bouts and boasting 17 of his 21 career wins by KO, Belfort has shown no signs of slowing down in his near-20-year career.
The UK’s most popular MMA star, winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 3, and one of the most colorful personalities on the UFC’s roster, Michael “The Count” Bisping has been a staple within the organization dating back to 2006. After dropping down from Light Heavyweight to find a permanent home in the UFC’s Middleweight division, Bisping has proven himself to be a perennial Top 5 contender at 185lbs. Sidelined with an eye injury since 2013, The Count will be looking to string together some wins to get his name back into the title-contention picture.
A true veteran of both MMA and the UFC, Rich “Ace” Franklin enjoyed an incredible debut to his career, losing only one time in his first 24 professional bouts. With an elite standup game at his disposal, Franklin made his UFC debut with a TKO win over Evan Tanner in 2003, who he would later beat again in 2005 to claim the UFC Middleweight Championship and earn a coaching position on The Ultimate Fighter 2. Franklin enjoyed two title defenses at Middleweight before eventually losing to Anderson Silva. In 37 pro bouts over the course of his 15-year career, Franklin has never lost back-to-back fights.
Possessing one of the most technical and unorthodox styles in MMA today, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has been getting his arm raised in the Octagon since February of 2007. A former UFC Light Heavyweight title-holder, Machida made the move to Middleweight in 2013, instantly becoming one of the division’s top contenders. An elusive stand-up game and an talent for counter-striking has helped The Dragon score his share of highlight reel knockouts including a memorable front-kick KO against the legendary Randy Couture.
Widely considered to be the best fighter to ever compete in the UFC or any other organization, Anderson “The Spider” Silva owns one of the most dominant runs of any champion in MMA history, defending his Middleweight title a record 10 times. An elusive fighter and a highly creative striker, Silva set the record for most consecutive wins in the UFC with 16. Precise and devastating in his attacks, The Spider has only gone past the second round four times in his career while earning a staggering 22 wins by KO/TKO and another four by submission. Following a leg injury sustained in his most recent bout with Chris Weidman, Silva plans to make his return to the Octagon in early 2015. He remains tied for most post-fight bonuses in UFC history with 12.