It has been simply over a month since EA Sports activities launched UFC 4, and whereas it is a robust entry within the franchise with a wide-spanning roster of essentially the most recognizable athletes on the planet’s largest MMA promotion, there are a couple of noteworthy names lacking from the roster. From current signings and new breakout stars to outdated favorites who hold flirting with a comeback, these are the fighters I might like to see added to the UFC Four roster.
1. Khamzat Chimaev
With out query, Chimaev has been one of many breakout stars of 2020. From his two dominant wins inside a 10-day interval in July on Combat Island to his huge one-punch knockout over UFC veteran Gerald Meerschaert, Khamzat Chimaev is on a rocket-like trajectory proper now. Although he is simply now eyeing his fourth battle within the UFC, even UFC president Dana White is singing his praises, saying, “This man is without doubt one of the most particular fighters I’ve ever seen, if not essentially the most particular man that I’ve ever come throughout.”
2. Amanda Ribas
One other one of many largest up-and-coming stars within the UFC, Amanda Ribas has confirmed that she belongs within the contender dialog after making her debut final June. After showcasing her Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a submission win over Emily Whitmire in her debut, Ribas rattled off two dominant resolution wins over Mackenzie Dern and Randa Markos earlier than her largest victory in a lightning-quick submission win over the ever-popular Paige VanZant.
3. Brock Lesnar
In all probability essentially the most unlikely inclusion on this listing on account of dear licensing and possible unique offers with different leisure firms, Brock Lesnar is regularly some of the intriguing and charming figures to a big portion of the MMA fanbase. After a meteoric rise via the heavyweight division a number of years in the past, Lesnar was capable of seize and defend the championship belt. Lesnar returned from retirement in 2016, however after securing a win over veteran Mark Hunt, Lesnar’s victory was overturned on account of an anti-doping coverage violation, leaving a foul style within the mouth of many Lesnar MMA followers. At present, Lesnar is a free agent, and whereas Dana White does not paint a very optimistic image for Lesnar’s return to the Octagon, there is no denying the behemoth’s star energy and skill to seize an viewers.
4. Jiri Prochazka
To say Prochazka was thrown to the wolves in his UFC debut in July can be an understatement. The previous Rizin champion seemed proper at house in his new group, knocking former title contender Volkan Oezdemir out chilly. The rankings panel of the UFC appears to agree that this man has what it takes to make it within the UFC, as that single win catapulted him to be the sixth-ranked mild heavyweight on the roster.
5. Michael Chandler
Maybe the largest free agent signing in current reminiscence, Michael Chandler has served as one of many faces of Bellator for a decade. Now, the previous champion has signed with the UFC and is able to instantly step right into a championship battle in October ought to something occur to both Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje. Whereas it stays to be seen simply how he’ll do towards top-tier UFC competitors, the matchups that await him are intriguing and thrilling. Allow us to see them play out in EA Sports activities UFC Four now.
6. Aleksandar Rakić
Whereas his most up-to-date win over Anthony Smith wasn’t essentially the most electrifying major occasion we have ever seen, Aleksandar Rakić is a bona fide mild heavyweight contender. We now have Dominick Reyes and Jan Błachowicz preventing for the vacant title this weekend, and the oft-delayed Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira battle presumably to find out the subsequent primary contender, however Rakić is correct behind these names on the subject of mild heavyweight rivalry.
7. Vicente Luque
Whenever you have a look at how UFC Four fights sometimes go, they’re often fast-paced, all-action affairs. Vicente Luque has delivered that in the true Octagon time and time once more. Not solely that, however he is constantly crushed the very best the UFC has to supply, solely shedding to top-tier welterweight expertise like Stephen Thompson and Leon Edwards. Luque has constantly been underrated by followers and the rankings panel, although he presently sits at quantity 10 within the UFC welterweight rankings. It is time to convey “The Silent Murderer” into the sport.
8. Calvin Kattar
Whilst one of many largest up-and-coming names within the UFC, it feels incorrect to name Calvin Kattar a prospect. As the present quantity 6 contender within the featherweight division, the 32-year-old Kattar has proven off elite boxing capacity, with wins over Dan Ige, Jeremy Stephens, Shane Burgos, and Ricardo Lamas. As Kattar continues to climb the ranks, it’ll really feel like an enormous gap within the EA Sports activities UFC Four roster.
9. Irene Aldana
Irene Aldana may presumably be the subsequent problem for the reigning bantamweight champion (and feminine MMA GOAT) Amanda Nunes, however even exterior of that, the Mexican-born fighter has spectacular wins over among the UFC’s high bantamweights in Ketlen Vieira, Vanessa Melo, and Bethe Correia. If Aldana is ready to get previous her largest problem but – Holly Holm within the October Four major occasion – she must be added to the roster as quickly as doable.
10. Pedro Munhoz
Certain, “The Younger Punisher” has been on a little bit of a skid currently, however Pedro Munhoz has been a mainstay within the UFC bantamweight division for greater than six years now, taking out among the huge names like Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font, and solely shedding to essentially the most elite fighters like Frankie Edgar and Aljamain Sterling.
Within the meantime, we will settle with creating the fighters, which is a extra streamlined course of due to the brand new archetype system, however on the similar time, formally licensed additions are at all times the popular route. Who would you wish to see added to the sport?