The UFC has quickly evolved into one of the world's premier promotions since its exceedingly humble beginnings back in November 12, 1993 when the first of many pay-per-view (PPV) events were held. The promotion has helped extensively in the growth and evolution of mixed martial arts, and while the early goings might've been somewhat rough, there's no doubt that the UFC is one of the most popular and powerful brands of all time. In fact, its popularity attracted EA Sports — arguably the most popular sports games publisher of all time — who released the first of two UFC games in 2014. While this game received a mixed response from fans and critics alike, it was the sequel released in 2016 that receive a ton of positive reviews due to the various improvements made from the previous game.
However, the franchise is still trying to find its roots, and there are a number of lingering problems that need to be fixed in the next iteration of the series. Perhaps the most glaring flaw of them all is the ridiculous ratings that the fighters have. For some incomprehensible reason, the rating score ranges from 82 to 95, which is quite confusing to say the very least. In fact, some of these rankings are just so inaccurate that it seems that the developers weren't even trying. Here are 15 of the most disgraceful fighter ratings from EA Sports UFC 2.
For the uninitiated: Most fighters are included in several weight categories in the game, but there's an optimal weight class for each fighter where they have the best rating.
15 Ronda Rousey (Bantamweight: 92)
Ronda Rousey's fall from grace is one of the saddest stories anybody has witnessed in the world of MMA. The once-dominant judo champion succumbed to the boxing might of Holly Holm at UFC 193, and has never been the same since. Her downward spiral was only compounded by another humiliating loss at the hands of the current bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes.
EA Sports UFC 2 was released sometime after Ronda's loss to Holly Holm, but for some reason, her rating is a whopping 92. This is quite perplexing, especially when one considers that in that one fight, a ton of holes were uncovered in Ronda's game. She ignored her judo skills and tried to outbox a boxer, which ended pretty much exactly like you might expect.
Speaking of this boxer...
14 Holly Holm (Bantamweight: 93)
Holly Holm had a very impressive boxing record and an undefeated streak in MMA before her match against Ronda Rousey. Most people had simply written her off before her match with the armbar specialist, but she shocked the world with a resounding head kick that was heard around the world. Unfortunately, her reign as the new undisputed bantamweight champion was very short-lived.
Holly lost in her first title defense against Miesha Tate (a fighter whom Ronda had bested multiple times), and proceeded to lose two more times in disappointing fashion. While her most recent win against Bethe Correia might signal the start of a comeback, she's still a long, long way from earning the 93 overall rating she's received in EA Sports UFC 2.
13 CM Punk (Welterweight: 82)
The straight-edge superstar CM Punk had a sour exit from the WWE, after which he decided to try his hands at MMA, that too in the UFC of all places. The fact of the matter is that there's no way than an MMA newbie should even try and have his first match in the most competitive fight promotion of them all. Still, Punk decided to try and defy all odds in his fight with Mickey Gall... which he promptly lost via rear-naked choke in 2 minutes and 14 seconds.
For some reason, Punk was added to the EA Sports UFC 2 roster before his fight, and was given an overall rating of 82. While this might be the lowest rating in the game, the truth is that this rating should've been much, much lower. There's no fathomable reason why a man in his late 30's who's trying out MMA for the first time would even be comparable to the other fighters in the division.
12 BJ Penn (Lightweight: 91)
BJ Penn is one of the greatest fighters to have ever stepped foot inside the Octagon. Many experts and pundits have rightfully labelled him as the man who made the lower weight divisions popular in MMA, and his legacy still stands as a legend who's one of only three people to have held championships in multiple weight classes.
Unfortunately, right now BJ Penn is nothing more than a shell of his former self. He's had five losses in a row, and shows no signs of coming back from this slump. His comeback in 2017 was completely underwhelming, with two embarrassing losses that have somewhat tarnished his great legacy. The fact that he's rated 91 on EA Sports UFC 2 is absolutely unbelievable.
11 Derrick Lewis (Heavyweight: 84)
Now, don't get me wrong — Derrick Lewis is certainly not the greatest fighter of all time (in fact, he's gone on record to say that he's not the most talented fighter in the UFC). His speed and cardio are just some of the many issues that he needs to work on if he ever wants to seriously get into the title picture. But if CM Punk can somehow get an 82, then Lewis deserves much, much better than an 84.
This is a man who was on a 6-fight winning streak before his fight with Mark Hunt (which he could've arguably seen through had it not been for his horrible cardio). The fact that he's rated a paltry 84 is an insult to the man's talent and overall credibility as a fighter.
10 Luke Rockhold (Middleweight: 93)
Granted, Luke Rockhold was the undisputed middleweight UFC champion by the time EA Sports UFC 2 came out, but even them the rating of 93 is absolutely preposterous. While his performances might've seemed quite impressive, he still had a long way to go. Receiving an overall 93 ranking is preposterous (especially when one considers that both Demetrious Johnson and Jon Jones have a 95 rating and they're the best fighters in the UFC without a shadow of a doubt).
To make matters worse, in his first title defense Luke Rockhold lost to Michael Bisping. The result is considered by many to be one of the biggest upsets of all time since Bisping took the fight on ten days notice... and ended up knocking out the fighter with a 93 rating in the very first round.
9 Cody Garbrandt (Bantamweight: 88)
Cody Garbrandt is one of the few UFC fighters with an undefeated record, and is fittingly the undisputed bantamweight champion of the world as of right now. He had a great, closely contested match with Dominick Cruz which he deservedly won, and with an 11-0 record, it's hard to see him fall from the pedestal he's on right now.
Somehow, the folks over at the EA Sports UFC 2 team weren't able to see this massive potential, since they thought that the young up-and-comer was only deserving of an 88. Not a bad score by any means, but certainly much less than what one would expect 'No Love' to be worthy of.
8 Fabricio Werdum (Heavyweight: 93)
At the time of the game's release, Fabricio Werdum was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world after defeating the seemingly unstoppable Cain Velasquez. However, this success wasn't meant to last, and in his first title defense, Werdum got knocked out in the very first round by Stipe Miocic. The Brazilian has been in limbo ever since.
He managed to secure a decisive victory against Travis Browne in his next match (although a look at Travis' recent record will make this victory seem somewhat unimpressive), before putting on a rather uninspired performance against Alistair Overeem — a match that he ended up losing. That 93 rating seems like nothing more than a joke now.
7 Tyron Woodley (Welterweight: 89)
Whatever your personal feelings might be about Tyron Woodley, you can't deny that as of right now, he is one of the best fighters in the UFC right now — and he's got the gold to prove it as well. His recent performances have provided him with a great stage to showcase his quality, which is why his rating in EA Sports UFC 2 is somewhat underwhelming to say the very least.
At a glance, it might seem that 89 is a pretty good rating for a fighter, but when you start comparing this score to other fighters you realize just how skewed this rating actually is. At the very least, Tyron deserves a rating somewhere in the 90s, even if it might be on the lower side of that range.
6 Robert Whittaker (Middleweight: 87)
As of right now, Robert Whittaker is sitting on an 8-fight win streak, and is the current interim champion of the middleweight division (since Bisping has apparently forgotten that a champion needs to defend his belt sometimes). The reaper is 26 years old and at the peak of his career, defeating the man who was supposed to be a serious threat to Bisping's championship reign (if one can even call it that at this point), Yoel Romero.
Whittaker was still in the middle of his winning streak when EA Sports UFC 2 was released, and the 87 rating seems like a slap in the face to the talent of Robert Whittaker, who has very much proven his mettle. Hopefully, this rating will be amended to provide a better overview of Whittaker's skill when the next game in the series comes out.
5 Paige VanZant (Strawweight: 89)
Paige VanZant is certainly a dynamic fighter — there's no arguing that. Her combination of dominant grappling and striking has earned her a ton of impressive victories, and at 23, she still has a long, illustrious career ahead of her as an MMA fighter. However, there's absolutely no way that she deserves the 89 ranking given to her in EA Sports UFC 2.
The fact of the matter is that while VanZant might certainly be talented, there's still a long way to go before she can truly earn that 89 rating. Michelle Waterson was given the same rating as her in the game, which is an insult to her talent since she pretty much wiped the floor with VanZant by choking her out in the very first round.
4 Chris Weidman (Middleweight: 92)
Chris Weidman is an MMA fighter who specializes in wrestling. He is a two-time NCAA Division 1 champion, which is a testament to how dominant his ground game is. However, even after considering the rather unfair advantage wrestling has in the sport of MMA, there are still a lot of holes in Weidman's game, that have been exposed in his past three fights.
The once-undefeated fighter is currently on a 3-fight losing streak, losing to the likes of Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and most recently to Gegard Mousasi (in a rather odd fashion). It just might be that the All-American's greatest highlight in his MMA career might be the fact that he defeated the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time twice in a row, which might be one of the reasons for his laughably high 92 rating.
Speaking of which...
3 Anderson Silva (Middleweight: 90)
Most pundits and experts can comfortably say that during the prime of his career, Anderson Silva was the greatest pound-for-pound fighter to have ever fought in the UFC. He still currently holds the record for the most consecutive wins (16), and the joint record for the most consecutive title defenses (10, along with Demetrious Johnson). However, his fall from grace has been quite shocking, to say the very least.
After breaking his leg in his second fight with Chris Weidman, Silva has never quite been the same. He won his comeback fight against Nick Diaz, which was later overturned since he tested positive for steroids. He ended up losing his next two fights, and while he might've earned a decisive victory against Derek Brunson, it doesn't look like Silva will be earning his 90 rating on EA Sports UFC 2 anytime soon.
2 Amanda Nunes (Bantamweight: 87)
The current reigning, defending and undisputed bantamweight champion of the world Amanda Nunes is an absolute beast in the Octagon. Ever since her loss back in 2014 to Cat Zingano, Nunes has constantly strived to improve as an MMA fighter, and she finally reaped her reward after defeating Miesha Tate at UFC 200 to become the new champion.
Her next title defense was against Ronda Rousey, and she absolutely wiped the floor with her 48 seconds into the very first round. That 87 rating she received in EA Sports UFC 2 is an absolute insult to her talent. One must wonder exactly what the developers were thinking when they decided to give her such a misleading rating.
1 Conor McGregor (Featherweight: 94)
Currently on his way to earning one of the biggest paychecks of his life, Conor McGregor will soon be facing off with Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match on August 26th at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The fight is set to break all kinds of records... but only monetary ones, since there's no chance in hell that McGregor will win against Mayweather in a boxing ring.
The bitter truth that most fans prefer to ignore is that McGregor is not even the greatest fighter in the UFC right now. The Irishman might have a ton of talent (both inside and outside the ring), but having great trash-talk skills doesn't automatically make you worthy of a 94 rating. It's preposterous given that the only two people ranked ahead of him are Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson, two of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time.