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First EA Sports UFC in-game screenshots released

Jon "Bones" Jones the first fighter officially confirmed for the next-gen fighting game

The first EA Sports UFC screenshots have been published.

Publisher EA plans to reveal the upcoming MMA title's entire roster of almost 100 fighters over the coming months.

The first fighter revealed in the screenshots above is Jon "Bones" Jones, the youngest champion in UFC history.

At 26 years old, Bones has a current record of 19 wins and one loss. His strengths are wrestling, jujutsu and Muay Thai.

EA announced a shock multi-year, multi-product deal with UFC at E3 in June 2012, following years of heated rivalry between its own MMA game and THQ's UFC Undisputed series.

Fight Night studio EA Canada is developing EA's first UFC game. The development team is led by action sports general manager Dean Richards (Fight Night, NHL, SSX) and creative director Brian Hayes, who was in charge of gameplay design on Fight Night Round 4 and Fight Night Champion.

EA Sports UFC recently entered the alpha stage of development and is on course to release in spring 2014 on Xbox One and PS4.

In October, THQ sued EA and UFC parent company Zuffa, claiming both companies conspired to bring about the cancellation of THQ's UFC licence for their own financial gain.