While the UFC 5 roster has already landed with several hundred fighters available to players worldwide, some fans have already criticized the company for a lack of new additions. Fortunately, their work isn't done and it looks like the UFC 5 roster will continue to expand.
EA Sports has released new details to players about the first UFC 5 roster update, including an explanation of why things may feel so similar to UFC 4 at launch. We also know eight new fighters on the way in the first few UFC 5 roster updates.
EA Sports Confirms UFC 5 Roster To Add New Fighters
While the UFC 5 roster boasts a few hundred fighters across several weight classes, some names remain missing and have drawn criticism from players. EA Sports has now commented on the situation, and part of their response was to emphasize that they chose not to hold new fighters for the next release.
UFC 4 continued to expand its roster to as recently as July of this year, and every post-launch fighter could've been saved for the UFC 5 release instead. However, for fans who aren't satisfied by that explanation, there are even more additions on the horizon.
As part of the Fight Week mode, they'll be adding new fighters to the UFC 5 roster every month starting in December. Here are the first additions on deck:
- December: Yan Xiaonan and Amir Albazi
- January: Ian Machado Garry, Mike Malott and Charles Jourdain
- February: Bryce Mitchell, Maycee Barber and Joe Pyfer
We'll also be getting new Alter Ego fighters, which have different appearances and ratings based on specific eras of their careers. Once they're live, you'll have the ability to choose from the new UFC 5 roster members in Fight Now or be able to import them into Career Mode.