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The second installment in the EA Sports UFC series will be made available March 15, and a trailer for the video game was released recently.

Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey will be on the cover, and legends such as Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba have been added to the special pre-order for fans, along with a mystery fighter.

Check out the complete press release and video trailer below:

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2 launches on March 15, 2016 in North America, and March 17, 2016 worldwide. In addition to the announcement, EA released a cinematic trailer for EA SPORTS UFC 2 featuring some of the biggest moments from recent bouts, showcasing authentic gameplay features, and highlighting new character visuals and signature animations. The trailer opens on EA SPORTS UFC 2 cover athlete and UFC® featherweight champion, Conor McGregor showing fans the all-new Knockout Physics System in his championship fight at UFC 194. From there, fans will see Dynamic Grappling, and Next-Level Submissions while reliving some of the heart-stopping moments from recent fights, and speculating what could happen in upcoming contests.

“Whether fans want to play upcoming cards, recreate the outcome of recent fights, or go back to fight with MMA legends, we’ll help them do that in the most authentic and exciting way ever in an MMA simulation,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director. “Our first two pre-order fighters, Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba are perfect additions to what is already the biggest roster ever for an official UFC game. Adding them is huge, and fans are going to go nuts when we reveal who the mystery fighter is. I can’t wait.”

Fans excited to step into the Octagon® can pre-order EA SPORTS UFC 2 and get day one access to two legendary fighters: UFC Hall of Famer and three-time King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten; and Japanese MMA legend, “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba, with an additional mystery fighter who will be named later.* The deluxe edition of the game also includes up to $60 of UFC Ultimate Team™ Premium Packs**. For pre-order information, visit http://easports.com/UFC/buy.

EA SPORTS UFC 2 is headlined by five brand new game modes including KO Mode and UFC Ultimate Team, a revamped Career Mode that lets fans create female fighters for the first time ever in an official UFC game, and Grapple Assist, an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions. Full feature and mode details can be found at http://easports.com/ufc/features.

ufc rankings

Despite not fighting, and actually approaching his max for being out, Jon Jones returned to the No. 1 spot in the latest UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

Jones, who last competed a year ago when he defeated Daniel Cormier, overtook Demetrious Johnson. Robbie Lawler, Rafael dos Anjos and Holly Holm all moved up in the overall rankings.

There was plenty of change in the heavyweight Top-15, as Stipe Miocic climbed to No. 2 following his win over Andrei Arlovski, who is now tied for third with Alistair Overeem.

Ben Rothwell and Jared Rosholt moved up to seventh and 12th, while Junior dos Santos, Josh Barnett and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva each fell.

Nate Diaz is now ranked seventh at lightweight, while Evan Dunham and Brian Ortega debuted at 155 and 145 pounds.

Fresh off his first fight in over two years, Michael McDonald climbed ahead of Thomas Almeida and Bryan Caraway and into sixth at bantamweight.

world mma awards

The complete list of nominees for the 8th Annual World MMA Awards were revealed recently.

The event takes place February 5 from Las Vegas, and voting will be conducted online via the World MMA website until January 31.

Check out the complete list of awards and nominees below:

Charles “Mask” Lewis “Fighter of the Year”

Awarded to the leading male mixed martial artist for his contribution to the sport both inside and outside the Ring, Cage or Octagon.

1. Rafael dos Anjos
2. Max Holloway
3. Demetrious Johnson
4. Conor McGregor
5. Luke Rockhold

Female Fighter of the Year

Awarded to the leading female mixed martial artist for her contribution to the sport both inside and outside the Ring, Cage or Octagon.

1. Tonya Evinger
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
3. Holly Holm
4. Ronda Rousey
5. Angela Lee

Breakthrough Fighter of the Year

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist following his/her rapid impact on the top level of the sport in the last 12 months.

1. Thomas Almeida
2. Henry Cejudo
3. Tony Ferguson
4. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
5. Holly Holm

International Fighter of the Year

Awarded to the leading mixed martial artist from outside of the Americas for his/her contribution to the sport both in and out of the Ring, Cage or Octagon®.

1. Joseph Duffy
2. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
3. Liam McGeary
4. Conor McGregor
5. Marat Gafurov

Fight of the Year

Awarded to the two fighters involved in the most exciting fight staged on the planet.

1. Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino (WSOF 19)
2. Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne (UFC 187)
3. Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald 2 (UFC 189)
4. Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 192)
5. Vitaly Bigdash (vs. Igor Svirid, ONE Championship 32)

Knockout of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who scores the most sensational knockout victory.

1. Hisaki Kato (vs. Joe Schilling, Bellator 139)
2. Thomas Almeida (vs. Brad Pickett, UFC 189)
3. Holly Holm (vs. Ronda Rousey, UFC 193)
4. Jorge Filho (vs. Claudio Cezario, Jungle Fight 83)
5. Conor McGregor (vs. Jose Aldo, UFC 194)

Submission of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who scores the most technical and exceptional submission victory.

1. Ronda Rousey (vs. Cat Zingano, UFC 184)
2. Marcos Galvao (vs. Joe Warren, Bellator 135)
3. Fabricio Werdum (vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC 188)
4. Liam McGeary (vs. Tito Ortiz, “Bellator 142: Dynamite”)
5. Tony Ferguson (vs. Edson Barboza, TUF 22 Finale)

Comeback of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who has managed to completely turn circumstances around, whether that be with his entire career or in a single moment of success.

1. Thiago Alves (vs. Jordan Mein, UFC 183)
2. Alex Chambers (vs. Kailin Curran, UFC Fight Night 65)
3. Eddie Alvarez (vs. Gilbert Melendez, UFC 188)
4. Patricio Freire (vs. Daniel Weichel, Bellator 138)
5. Vitaly Bigdash (vs. Igor Svirid, ONE Championship 32)

Upset of the Year

Awarded to the fighter who has overcome overwhelming odds to claim victory against a more favored athlete.

1. Rafael dos Anjos (vs. Anthony Pettis, UFC 185)
2. Maryna Moroz (vs. Joanna Calderwood, UFC Fight Night 64)
3. Fabricio Werdum (vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC 188)
4. Uriah Hall (vs. Gegard Mousasi, UFC Fight Night 75)
5. Holly Holm (vs. Ronda Rousey, UFC 193)

Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year

Awarded to the most successful coach working in top-level mixed martial arts.

1. Rafael Cordeiro
2. John Kavanagh
3. Javier Mendes
4. Mike Winkeljohn
5. Firas Zahabi

Trainer of the Year

Awarded to the most successful specialist trainer operating in mixed martial arts.

1. Jake Bonacci (S&C)
2. Mike Dolce (nutrition)
3. Brian Harris (S&C)
4. George Lockhart (nutrition)
5. Ido Portal (S&C)

Gym of the Year

Awarded to the gym that has not only enjoyed great success inside the Ring, Cage or Octagon, but also helped to develop the sport outside of the elite level.

1. American Kickboxing Academy
2. Blackzilians
3. Jackson-Wink MMA
4. Kings MMA
5. SBG Ireland

Referee of the Year

Awarded to the most efficient and consistent official in mixed martial arts.

1. Herb Dean
2. Marc Goddard
3. John McCarthy
4. Dan Miragliotta
5. Mario Yamasaki

Ringcard Girl of the Year

Awarded to the fans’ favorite Ring, Cage or Octagon girl.

1. Jhenny Andrade
2. Carly Baker
3. Arianny Celeste
4. Brittney Palmer
5. Mercedes Terrell

Leading Man

Awarded to the leading industry executive, such as: a commissioner, company president, influential CEO or even an elected official. Presented to the movers and shakers, hirers and firers that keep planet MMA spinning.

1. Scott Coker
2. Victor Cui
3. Lorenzo Fertitta
4. Ray Sefo
5. Dana White

Best Promotion

Awarded to the leading promotional business in mixed martial arts.

1. Bellator
2. Legacy FC
3. ONE Championship
4. UFC
5. WSOF

Personality of the Year

Awarded to a leading MMA personality whose engaging persona is a credit to the sport of mixed martial arts.

1. Jon Anik
2. Joe Rogan
3. Bas Rutten
4. Brendan Schaub
5. Bruce Buffer

Analyst of the Year

Awarded to a leading TV analyst whose ability to breakdown and report on a fight or style is second to none.

1. Michael Bisping
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Dominick Cruz
4. Chael Sonnen
5. Brian Stann

Best MMA Programming

Awarded to the leading TV, radio or podcast color programming centered on mixed martial arts.

1. Bellator MMA: Uncut
2. The Fighter & The Kid
3. The MMA Hour
4. The Ultimate Fighter
5. UFC Embedded

MMA Media Source of the Year

Awarded to the leading source of breaking news, fight reviews and in-depth features. (Fighters Only abstains itself from nomination).

1. UFC Tonight
2. MMA Fighting
3. MMA Junkie
4. Inside MMA
5. Sherdog

MMA Journalist of the Year

Awarded to the leading journalist operating in the field of mixed martial arts. (Fighters Only staff are abstained from nomination).

1. Brent Brookhouse
2. Ben Fowlkes
3. Ariel Helwani
4. Chuck Mindenhall
5. Brett Okamoto

Best MMA Clothing & Equipment Brand

Awarded to the company who has produced the best clothing and equipment in use today by MMA athletes and coaches.

1. BAD BOY
2. Everlast
3. Hayabusa
4. Torque
5. Venum

ufc 195

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler had just one thing on his mind at UFC 195.

A knockout.

While Lawler was unable to finish challenger Carlos Condit, he did enough in the eyes of two judges to claim a split decision and begin 2016 with the title still around his waist.

“I wanted to knock him out,” said Lawler, of the action-packed fifth round, during his post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1. “I was trying to go strike for strike with him. He’s a technical fighter. He runs in a lot and I wanted to catch him. I needed to push forward in the fifth and that’s what I did. My corner said go out there and press him. I went out and forced a battle. He’s tough. I landed some big shots. He’s amazing.”

While many had Condit walking away with the belt, “Ruthless” felt like he won the “swing” rounds.

“The fight was close,” he said. “I thought I won rounds two and five. Carlos is a heck of a competitor. It was an honor to fight him.”

So, after a 25-minute battle, could a rematch be in store? That isn’t up to Lawler.

“The UFC is going to tell me what to do,” he said. “I’m just going to try and get better and improve.”

Dana White

A new series featuring UFC president Dana White is set to debut on YouTube this month, as “Lookin for a Fight” hits the online stage.

Set to debut January 11, the series follows White and Matt Serra around the world to find fighters for the UFC.

Check out a preview in the video below:

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