Published on April 4th, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning


EA SPORTS UFC 5 is announcing a record number of in-game fighter additions, continuing our goal of offering the most authentic gaming experience possible with even more fighters featured via hyper-realistic character likenesses and facial motion to complement next-level environment fidelity.

Our first round of significant roster updates goes live tomorrow April 4th and will be followed by subsequent fighter additions through June. By the end of June, we will have introduced over 30 additional fighters and will reach 98% parity with the current UFC Top 10 Athlete Rankings – this marks the most substantial post-launch roster expansion in EA SPORTS UFC history and every additional rostered fighter will be available for FREE with each update. You can check out the official UFC blog post detailing all the fighter additions and gameplay updates here.

“We hope today’s announcement of the unprecedented number of fighter roster additions over the coming months is a major win for our community” says Nate McDonald, Lead Producer on UFC 5. “With more than 30 active fighters joining UFC 5 between now and the end of June, including surging newcomers like Michael “Venom” Page (MVP) and Kayla Harrison, this marks the most substantial post-launch expansion in our history, and we can’t wait for our community to level up with us.”

Ahead of UFC 300 in just a few weeks, UFC 5 will be adding the next 9 additional rostered fighters –  from the surging newcomer, Diego Lopes and his explosive submissions to the highly anticipated addition of Geoff “Handz of Steel” Neal and his fight-ending strikes.

The first nine fighters being added include:

  • Movsar Evloev (#5 FEATHERWEIGHT)
  • Brendan Allen (#6 MW)
  • Marina Rodriguez (#6 WSW)
  • Muhammed Mokaev (#7 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Serghei Spivac (#9 HW)
  • Geoff Neal (#10 WW)
  • Umar Nurmagomedov (#10 BW)
  • Tracy Cortez (#11 WFW)
  • Diego Lopes

In addition to the nine immediately available fighters, over 20 additional fighters will be released in the coming months. These fighters include:

Late April

  • Matheus Nicolau (#5 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Virna Jandiroba (#5 WSW)
  • Manel Kape (#6 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Natalia Silva (#8 WFW)
  • Nassourdine Imavov (#8 MW)
  • Marcin Tybura (#8 HW)
  • Stephen Erceg (#10 FLYWEIGHT)
  • “MVP” Michael Page (#13 WW)
  • Drew Dober (#15 LW)


  • Roman Dolidze (#9 MW)
  • Benoît Saint Denis (#11 LW)
  • Anthony Hernandez (#12 MW)


  • Pannie Kianzad (#9 WBW)
  • Loopy Godínez (#10 WSW)
  • Norma Dumont (#11 WBW)
  • Tagir Ulanbekov (#12 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Alexandr Romanov (#13 HW)
  • Mario Bautista (#13 BW)
  • Chris Curtis (#14 MW)
  • Jonathan Martinez (#14 BW)
  • Caio Borralho (#15 MW)
  • Kayla Harrison
  • Michel Pereira
  • Joaquin Buckley (#11 WW)
  • Randy Brown

*The exact timing of fighter additions is subject to change

**Please Note: After incorporating these additional fighters, we intend to return to our normal update cadence of introducing 2-3 fighters with each patch and ensuring that the in-game roster remains up-to-date with the current UFC Athlete Rankings.”

EA SPORTS heard the player community’s feedback coming off of UFC 5’s launch – Not only will these roster additions provide fans with the fighters they’ve been asking for, but gameplay adjustments will revolutionize how fans can utilize these new fighters. We’ve tuned stamina recovery between rounds, adjusted evasion properties while ducking, and re-balanced the speed and power for various strike types.

The grappling and ground game has also been updated with notable changes to the range and speed of double and single-leg takedown entries. We have increased the short-term stamina cost for muscle-modified transitions, among a slew of other adjustments that you can check out below. Linked HERE is the official EA SPORTS UFC 5 blog with specifics on the patch updates and additional resources to assist in your coverage. Included are downloadable assets featuring five of the new fighters that are available immediately.

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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