In a new interview with GameSpot.com, THQ senior creative manager John Edwards unveiled the complete roster of fighters that will be featured in UFC 2009 Undisputed, which is due to be released in stores across North America on May 19.
It looks as if the game’s roster was set in stone some time in the spring of last year. (Prior to Andrei Arlovski’s exit from the UFC and Randy Couture being welcomed back into the company. Arlovski is in the game while Couture is not.) Many other recently released fighters are featured as well:
Heavyweights: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Brandon Vera, Gabriel Gonzaga, Cain Velasquez, Cheick Kongo, Eddie Sanchez, Heath Herring, Andrei Arlovski, Mirko Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum, Tim Sylvia, Mark Coleman, Antoni Hardonk, Justin McCully
Light Heavyweights: Chuck Liddell, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz, Keith Jardine, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Stephan Bonnar, James Irvin, Wilson Gouveia, Houston Alexander, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Thiago Silva, Tim Boetsch, Ryan Bader
Middleweights: Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, Kendall Grove, Chris Leben, Jason MacDonald, Nate Marquardt, Drew McFedries, Ricardo Almeida, Evan Tanner, Yushin Okami, Demian Maia, Martin Kampmann, Amir Sadollah, Thales Leites
Welterweights: Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Jon Fitch, Karo Parisyan, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Mike Swick, Marcus Davis, Thiago Alves, Chris Lytle, Ben Saunders, Josh Burkman, Kyle Bradley, Matt Arroyo, Anthony Johnson
Lightweights: B.J. Penn, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian, Roger Huerta, Joe Stevenson, Mac Danzig, Nathan Diaz, Spencer Fisher, Tyson Griffin, Gray Maynard, Thiago Tavares, Joe Lauzon, Rich Clementi, Mark Bocek, Hermes Franca, Frankie Edgar, Efrain Escudero
Fighters that have recently moved to a new weight class, such as Franklin, Henderson, Vera, Kampmann, etc, will be able to move back and forth between certain weight classes. Newer fighters like Bader and Escudero will serve as downloadable content.