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Every UFC Game, Ranked Best To Worst

Updated October 7, 2020 293 votes 87 voters 6.1k views14 items

While the MMA video game genre may not be as prolific as, say, 2K Sports, the best UFC games are a weight class above other generic mixed martial arts games. Debuting in 2000 (with the EA Sports UFC franchise beginning in 2014), the best UFC games feature all of your favorite characters (and then some). As a series known for sporting amazing graphics, expansive career modes, and sometimes wonky controls, it's safe to say some releases have been better than others.

But while the UFC video game series is far from undefeated, it has seen its share of knockout releases. From the UFC Undisputed games to Tapout to the latest EA Sports releases and more, we've listed all of the best and worst UFC games. It's up to you to vote up all the winners.

Spanning some 20 years and starting with the first Ultimate Fighting Championship on the Dreamcast and PlayStation up to the latest EA Sports UFC 4 on the PS4 and Xbox One, check out every UFC game, and vote all the best releases up to top. 

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  • UFC Undisputed 3
    Photo: Yuke's

    Cover Athlete: Anderson Silva

    Of the various new features, UFC Undisputed 3 was known for adding a new "Pride Mode," with new rules and fighters. Players could take on one opponent, and after that fight, go into the next one on the same night, which has your damage carryover. What's more, additional commentary was provided by Bas Rutten, Stephen Quadros, and Lenne Hardt.

    The game also includes a new submission system to take new submission moves, including the standing rear-naked choke, standing guillotine choke, and the flying scissor heel hook.

    There are dozens of additional new assets, fighters, referees, moves, rules, and more. The upgraded graphics and sound make for an exceptionally enjoyable game, with many fans calling it one of the best UFC releases so far. 

    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Yuke's
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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  • UFC 2009 Undisputed
    Photo: Yuke's

    Cover Athlete: Forrest Griffin

    UFC 2009 Undisputed was the first title released under THQ's 2007 agreement with UFC, and it shows. The game features a number of innovations and additions not seen in previous UFC titles.

    The game features numerous primary fighting styles, including striking, boxing, kickboxing, and muay thai, grappling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, and wrestling. Each player takes on one fighting style from each category, which offers a more realistic manner of gameplay.

    UFC 2009 Undisputed did feature some issues with its collision system that interfered with clipping, which manifested detrimentally in Clay Guida's long hair. For this reason, he was removed from the game.

    • Release: 2009
    • Developer: Yuke's
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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  • EA Sports UFC 2
    Photo: EA Canada

    Cover Athlete:  Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor

    EA Sports UFC 2 is the second title in the EA Sports UFC franchise, and it's a massive improvement on the original. It adds tons of fighters for a roster of 250 fighters, though there's a focus on the two cover fighters, Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.

    The game's graphics are far superior to the titles that came before it, and each fighter's digital representation has been carefully recreated. Of course, it's not just the visual look that's been made to resemble the real world; the fighters' moves and styles are well-implemented in the gameplay, and the end result is a fantastic title in the UFC fighting game genre.

    • Release: 2016
    • Developer: EA Canada
    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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  • EA Sports UFC 3
    Photo: EA Canada

    Cover Athlete: Conor McGregor

    The third title in the EA Sports UFC franchise offered some improvements on the predecessor, especially where the game's graphics were concerned. The game was praised by Game Informer for its "attention to detail is gorgeous, from the way fighters circle each other in the Octagon to the facial animations as an overhand right comes down on their cheek."

    The game's career mode was well done, though it can become repetitive after the ninth or tenth fight. After that, it becomes more of a grind, so most players prefer the multiplayer option, which is common in these games.

    For this title, it offers a new multiplayer mode designed for fast fights. Tournament mode offers a bracket-style elimination round with accumulated damage and fatigue, which is intense and challenging.

    • Release: 2018
    • Developer: EA Canada
    • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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