Frank Mir, Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas are all scheduled to appear at the UFC 169: "Barao vs. Faber 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (Feb. 1, 2014) inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (results here).
And after that?
They're scheduled to appear for the EA Sports UFC video game (preview), which will bring mixed martial arts (MMA) action to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE consoles later this spring. Here's a sneak peek at their in-game likenesses from the game's official website.
Stepping into the Octagon for the first time in only his third pro bout, Frank Mir has been a staple of the UFC's Heavyweight division since 2001. After winning the Heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia in 2004, Mir was sidelined for 20 months by a near career-ending motorcycle accident. His return to the sport is recognized as one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history, with Mir managing to fight his way back to become the division's interim champion in 2008. An impressive ground game has helped Mir secure devastating submission wins over, Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, Cheick Kongo and Minotauro Nogueira.
Jose Aldo became the UFC's inaugural featherweight champion on Nov. 20, 2010 and hasn't let the title go since. Following his first UFC title defense against Mark Hominick, the former WEC champ hasn't looked back, defending it five times against some of the division's top talent, including Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar. Considered one of MMA best pound-for-pound fighters, Aldo is an adept finisher with 15 of his 23 career wins coming by way of knockout.
Since making his professional debut in 2008, Ricardo Lamas has been hard at work cementing his status as a fighter to watch out for in the featherweight division. After racking up a 4-2 record in the WEC, Lamas transitioned into the UFC in 2011, scoring a first-round TKO win over Matt Grice in his debut. The Bully would go on to log a Submission of the Night performance against Cub Swanson at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos and went undefeated in his first four UFC bouts.
See the full gallery here.
EA Sports dipped its toe into the MMA video game market with "EA Sports MMA" back in 2010 under the Strikeforce banner (see it) and now looks to improve upon that effort -- as well as the UFC video games for THQ -- by implementing the latest advances in technology.
Like what you see so far?