For the first time ever in a UFC video game, EA SPORTS UFC invites fight fans to kick off their career on The Ultimate Fighter stage. Dive deeper into our extensive career mode below and get all the details on how to win your way into the UFC through TUF, hone your skills, gain fans, and eventually earn your spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.
Starting a Career
EA SPORTS UFC is proud to boast a detailed Create a Fighter system that gives users an in-depth opportunity to customize the look and fighting style of the martial artist they’ll be taking into the Octagon. For anyone who wants to put their own face on the line against the sport’s hardest hitters, we’ve also included “Game Face” allowing users to upload their likeness directly into the game.
Fighters can be created in any of the UFC’s eight (8) weight classes and rooted in any of 10 different fighting styles. Based on the fighter you create, you’ll begin the game with set ratings in 24 categories that you can then build up, in addition to purchasing unique skills and moves for you character over the course of your career.
This means that progressing through a career as a Welterweight Boxer will give you a distinctly difference experience than you’ll have as a Featherweight specializing in Tae Kwon Do.
The Ultimate Fighter
Your career starts here. Winning an elimination match will get you drafted to a TUF team. We’ve matched up 13 pairs of real-life rivals to be your coaches, including Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit, Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz, Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, and many more.
The Ultimate Fighter tournament represents a great chance to hone your skills and adapt to fighting different styles of opponents. Before each TUF bout, your coach will help give you the edge by providing you with a scouting report on your opponent and some last minute advice about the matchup.
Win your way through the tournament and earn yourself a coveted UFC contract and the title of The Ultimate Fighter! This will also get you enough fans to net your first official sponsor – the UFC – whose official gear you’ll then be able to deck yourself out in.
Professional UFC Career
Now that you’re officially on the UFC roster, you’ll be fighting on a series of PPV Under Cards with the goal of moving up to the Main Cards and eventually winning a title.
Your long-term EA SPORTS UFC career is based on two rating systems: Popularity and Longevity. Put on exciting fights and score big finishes to earn fans and watch you popularity rise. Not only will a high popularity rating unlock more sponsors whose gear you can then wear in-game as well as exclusive fighter messages, but it’ll also encourage the UFC’s biggest stars to visit your camp with training tips before important fights.
Fighting recklessly and absorbing too much damage will make your career longevity meter will drop quickly. Like any fighter, you can only get your ticket punched so many times, and when your longevity meter runs out, your fighter’s career is over.
As you train, fight and proceed through your career, you’ll gain:
XP Points: Level up your fighter through 25 levels, unlocking new abilities in three categories – Ground, Standup and Physical – as you go. As you ‘Level Up’, you’ll be given up to three different ‘Game Plans’ with up to five skills each. You can switch between these three pre-sets at any time, based on who your next opponent is and what fighting style they have.
Evolution Points: Can be used towards upgrading your fighter’s Attributes and Moves, allowing you to do things like increase the power in your right hand or lean how to do the Showtime Kick.
In addition to recognizable stars, over 200 CPU generated fighters will be populating the UFC roster with you. All fights that you’re not in are simulated and all CPU fighters are constantly leveling up, purchasing ratings and improving right along with you. Beat a fighter early in your career and face him again later, and you can expect to be going up against an improved more experienced opponent gunning for the same title as you.
Keep winning fights, building your experience and moving up the UFC’s power rankings to earn a title shot. Once you get that belt around your waist, keep defending it and your poster will be hanging alongside Anderson Silva’s in the TUF gym before you know it!