Introduction to EA SPORTS™ UFC®


Are you a fan of the famed Octagon? Does the blend of brutal combat which allow a range of fighters from varied backgrounds get your heart racing? Love seeing a boxer prevent an expert takedown from a master wrester, or vice versa seeing a typical ground-game tactician stand and bang with the best of ‘em?  How about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu vs Muay Thai? Fast and rapid flyweight battles or hard hitting heavyweight wars??

If you answered “Oh Yeah!” to any of these, then EA SPORTS™ UFC® is the game for you!  Originally designed exclusively for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One it was then later released as a free to play mobile version for iOS and Android.
With so many games failing miserably to make the transition from console to mobile, EA Sports has done a great job at still offering detailed and fun gameplay with only using a tap and slide control system!

Gameplay of EA SPORTS™ UFC®


With over 70 different fighters in a range of different weight classes, players can tap for light, fast paced jabs, swipe for hard heavy hits and rush and take down opponents to do a little ‘ground n pound’ before forcing them to tap out through a variety of submission holds like ankle bars and kimura etc.
Each fighter also has comparable stats which can be raised and improved through purchasing training packs and using one-time “perk” enhancements.  Furthermore there are special moves like superman punches and roundhouse kicks etc. that unlock as you progress through the game.


Mixing up gameplay with a decently long single play “career mode” along with the “head-to-head” multiplayer option which players are matched with other fans worldwide, along with “live events“ and “Quick Fight” options keep the game fun for longer and less tedious during the grind to earn coins to upgrade fighters.

Tips, Tricks and Strategy Guide for EA SPORTS™ UFC®


Mix It Up!

The name of the game is Ultimate Fighting which spawned from MMA, so the best way to get ahead in this game is to mix up your style of quick jabs, heavy attacks, kicks and takedowns etcetera. By timing your defense properly it is possible to lure opponents in before unleashing a harried combo attack.  Special skills also work best and deliver the most damage when used in the middle of a combo.


Dodging is Better than Blocking!

By swiping backwards players can dodge out the way yet blocking requires holding two fingers down at the same time. The finicky control of blocking and time taken to execute combine to make well timed dodging far more advantageous than blocking.
In addition to this, a perfectly timed dodge not only pulls the fighter out of the way yet can also slap an oncoming punch away which opens up opponents to a flurry of quick jabs followed by some heavy shots to the body and finished off with a couple of devastating uppercuts!  Try this technique straight away after the bell rings to start the round, as most A.I opponents will test the waters by punching the head at the very start of a round.


Match Skill Cards with Fighters!

By matching a skill card with the skill of the fighter, the experience points that are gained from using that card as a material card will be multiplied by six, giving your fighter a massive boost provide most worth for the valuable skill cards.


Save and Invest.

As tempting as it is to buy new fighter packs as soon as possible it is better to resist and save up for the higher grade fighter packs that contain really skilled fighters like Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor and the likes.
That said though, buying the starter pack for 500 gold coins or 100,000 silver coins will provide players with three fighters including a “gold” level fighter along with fifty skill cards, which should be spent on your highest rated fighter.


Complete the Challenges.

There are a variety of different challenges which reward players with coins. One of the biggest prizes is 15,000 silver coins for winning ten straight fights via submission, so be aware of the different challenges available and try to aim for them within the fight as it can be a great way to boost your purse quickly!
Another easy way to increase your coins is to not forget to collect your salary regularly!  Once in the morning and then again before bed, seems to pay of the best.


A final non-crucial but helpful hint is to replay the fights. Since if you are playing F2P without spending any IRL currency, then it will be a long grinding slog!   Therefore to earn those coins, players will undoubtedly have to repeat some stages in order to be able to afford new players and training packs.  So to make things easier, it is possible to re-watch previously lost fights, study the opponent and hopefully three star the re-match!

Personal Impressions of EA SPORTS™ UFC®


The use of gameplay is blended well with the range of moves and A.I support! The lack of energy bars / hearts / lives is a cherished rarity which allows for some great time wasting possibilities!  The lack of persistant pop up advertising and length of free to play levels in Career Mode again make this game stand out in a positive light!

Having said that however, players are only awarded a single player when starting out and acquiring another means a long grind to save up enough in-game silver currency to be able to buy another or having to invest real currency to buy the gold to do so. Players are also only enabled to fight within their fighter’s weight division which means that if players only have a single fighter, then they will have to face the same opponents again and again.


With great visuals and iconic personalities like GSP, Jon Jones, and BJ Penn on top of these UFC greats, developers have even included martial art idol Bruce Lee and boxing champion Mike Tyson along with female favourites Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, further adds to the appeal and sense of fun of the game. With so many positive and addictive qualities to the game, the largest flair is that it truly does start to feel like a “cash grab” / “pay to win” game as players progress through the levels.


Other noted areas of improvement are slightly long loading times, unfair match ups of opponent stats, temperamental server issues and the large initial download size of the app. …

Therefore after a lot of deliberation, all in all we here at “Blue Lagoon” rate EA SPORTS™ UFC® three out of five stars! … (Though many could accurately argue that that is being very generous and barely deserves even one star!)

3 out of 5

App Specifics for EA SPORTS™ UFC®

Current Version:
1.9 (iOS)  (Last Update March 15 2016)
1.9.911319 (Android)  (Last Update March 14 2016)

613 MB (iOS)
603 MB (Android)

10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Requires iOS:
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Requires Android:
2.3.3 and up

Content Rating:
Rated for 16+ Strong violence


In-app Purchases:
$0.99 ~ $159.99 per item

Produced By:
Electronic Arts

Download EA SPORTS™ UFC®

App Store : iOS

Download EA SPORTS™ UFC® for iOS from the App Store Here!

Google Play : Android

Download EA SPORTS™ UFC® for Android from Google Play Here!


Who’s your favourite fighter? If you have any other personal tips’n’tricks that you would like to share or would like to offer your own ranking out of five, then please leave a comment below!



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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!
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After spending much too much time playing retro Pong and Donkey Kong on a game & watch as a kid before upgrading to the brick shaped original Gameboy, Water-Mind is loving the evolution of the gaming industry... ... whilst still finding time to paddle down torrential rivers!