EA Sports UFC fighter roster: Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson added

The latest additions to the fighter roster for EA Sports UFC, which is set to release in Spring of this year, are two of the top heavyweights in the world — former UFC champion Benson Henderson and former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

Screen shots for both of the characters were unveiled today, and they are among some of the most impressive to date.

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Check them both out below:

  • Nickname: El Nino
  • Current Record: 22-3-0
  • From: Santa Ana, CA, USA
  • Fights Out Of: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Ground and Pound, Cardio, Transitions

Strikeforce’s longtime Lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez joined the UFC in April of 2013 with a bout against Benson Henderson for the UFC title. Despite snapping a seven fight win-streak with a close split decision loss to Bendo, Melendez remains one of the top fighters to beat in the division. An arsenal of sharp striking skills has earned Melendez 11 career knockouts since turning pro in 2002. Look for Melendez to coach the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter, opposite Anthony Pettis before the two battle for the belt.

  • Nickname: Smooth
  • Current Record: 20-3-0
  • From: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Fights Out Of: Glendale, AZ, USA
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5’9” (175 cm)
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg)
  • Strengths: Wrestling, Good Submissions, Ground and Pound

Ever since making his way over from the WEC, Benson “Smooth” Henderson has been a staple at the top of the UFC’s Lightweight division. After initially taking the belt from Frankie Edgar in his fourth Octagon appearance, Henderson defended the strap three times against the likes of Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez before finally losing it to rival Anthony Pettis in 2013. Already back to his winning ways with a victory over Josh Thomson, look for Bendo to work his way back to another title shot before long.

Henderson’s next fight is not yet scheduled, while Melendez will be appearing as a coach on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show before facing Anthony Pettis for the UFC lightweight title.

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