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EA Sports UFC 5 to receive a historic roster update, along with numerous gameplay adjustments, before UFC 300

EA Sports has just announced multiple rounds of roster updates for UFC 5, including the addition of more than 30 fighters between now and the end of June. The first round of additions, which includes nine fighters, goes live on April 4th. You can read below for a full list of additional fighters and when to expect them and you can check out EA’s official blog for more details:

“We hope today’s announcement of the unprecedented number of fighter roster additions over the coming months is a major win for our community” says Nate McDonald, Lead Producer on UFC 5. “With more than 30 active fighters joining UFC 5 between now and the end of June, including surging newcomers like Michael “Venom” Page (MVP) and Kayla Harrison, this marks the most substantial post-launch expansion in our history, and we can’t wait for our community to level up with us.”

Ahead of UFC 300 in just a few weeks, UFC 5 will be adding the next 9 additional rostered fighters –  from the surging newcomer, Diego Lopes and his explosive submissions to the highly anticipated addition of Geoff “Handz of Steel” Neal and his fight-ending strikes.

The first nine fighters being added include:

  • Movsar Evloev (#5 FEATHERWEIGHT)
  • Brendan Allen (#6 MW)
  • Marina Rodriguez (#6 WSW)
  • Muhammed Mokaev (#7 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Serghei Spivac (#9 HW)
  • Geoff Neal (#10 WW)
  • Umar Nurmagomedov (#10 BW)
  • Tracy Cortez (#11 WFW)
  • Diego Lopes

In addition to the nine immediately available fighters, over 20 additional fighters will be released in the coming months. These fighters include:

Late April

  • Matheus Nicolau (#5 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Virna Jandiroba (#5 WSW)
  • Manel Kape (#6 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Natalia Silva (#8 WFW)
  • Nassourdine Imavov (#8 MW)
  • Marcin Tybura (#8 HW)
  • Stephen Erceg (#10 FLYWEIGHT)
  • “MVP” Michael Page (#13 WW)
  • Drew Dober (#15 LW)

May

  • Roman Dolidze (#9 MW)
  • Benoît Saint Denis (#11 LW)
  • Anthony Hernandez (#12 MW)

June

  • Pannie Kianzad (#9 WBW)
  • Loopy Godínez (#10 WSW)
  • Norma Dumont (#11 WBW)
  • Tagir Ulanbekov (#12 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Alexandr Romanov (#13 HW)
  • Mario Bautista (#13 BW)
  • Chris Curtis (#14 MW)
  • Jonathan Martinez (#14 BW)
  • Caio Borralho (#15 MW)
  • Kayla Harrison
  • Michel Pereira
  • Joaquin Buckley (#11 WW)
  • Randy Brown

*The exact timing of fighter additions is subject to change

**Please Note: After incorporating these additional fighters, we intend to return to our normal update cadence of introducing 2-3 fighters with each patch and ensuring that the in-game roster remains up-to-date with the current UFC Athlete Rankings.”

EA SPORTS heard the player community’s feedback coming off of UFC 5’s launch – Not only will these roster additions provide fans with the fighters they’ve been asking for, but gameplay adjustments will revolutionize how fans can utilize these new fighters. We’ve tuned stamina recovery between rounds, adjusted evasion properties while ducking, and re-balanced the speed and power for various strike types.

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