How to Choose a Fighting Style in EA SPORTS UFC


Although EA SPORTS UFC has a pretty solid roster of real-life fighters to choose from as you enter the Octagon on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, eventually you’re going to want to turn your focus to Career mode and create a fighter of your own to work your way through The Ultimate Fighter all the way up to a UFC contract and main event status.  With ten disciplines to choose from when creating your fighter, however, there are considerations to be made in order to make sure that your fighter fits your style.  Let’s take a look at which fighting styles are best suited to which types of playing style in EA SPORTS UFC.

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Regardless of what fighting style you select for your created fighter, you’re going to end up with a 59 overall character who has a long way to go to make it into a main event against a real-life UFC star.  Fighters in EA SPORTS UFC are rated in three major categories: Stand-Up, Submission, and Ground; there seems to be no better way to break down the fighting styles to help you figure out which style is best suited for your Career mode experience.

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If you’re the type of player in EA SPORTS UFC who prefers to stay on their feet and win the fight without taking it to the mat, you’ll want to choose one of the following fighting styles:

  • Kickboxer (62)
  • Muay Thai (61)
  • Boxer (60)
  • Mixed Martial Artist (57)
  • Karate (56)
  • Tae Kwon Do (56)

Conversely, you’ll want to avoid Freestyle Wrestler (50) and Greco Roman (50), styles which prefer to do their work on the ground instead of standing up and trading strikes.

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If the complex submission controls are a better fit for your gameplay style in EA SPORTS UFC, then you’ll want to create a fighter who is well-versed at applying painful submission holds from the very first fight:

  • Judo (67)
  • Jiu Jitsu (66)
  • Greco Roman (62)
  • Freestyle Wrestler (61)
  • Mixed Martial Artist (61)
  • Tae Kwon Do (58)
  • Karate (57)

Stay away from Kickboxer (44) or Muay Thai (44), styles which are incredibly strike-heavy which perform very poorly when the fight turns to submission attempts.

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Finally, if you’re looking for a fighter who is more comfortable taking the fight to the ground and doesn’t mind a little Octagon-burn on their way to victory, you’ll want to choose the fighting style of a ground specialist:

  • Greco Roman (68)
  • Freestyle Wrestler (67)
  • Karate (64)
  • Jiu Jitsu (63)
  • Mixed Martial Artist (60)

Unsurprisingly, the Boxer (44) style is the least comfortable in terms of fighting from the ground; fighters using this style would much rather find themselves in the next entry of the FIGHT NIGHT franchise than trying to mix things up on the ground in the Octagon.

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Along with these three major categories, a fourth category governs the overall health of your fighter in EA SPORTS UFC.  Although the game doesn’t give an official Health rating the way that it does the other categories, the numbers work out to have the following styles leading the pack:

  • Boxer (62)
  • Tae Kwon Do (59)
  • Kickboxer (58)
  • Karate (57)
  • Muay Thai (57)

On the other end of the spectrum, the Mixed Martial Artist (52) fighting style starts with the lowest Health ratings; it’s the only style whose ratings in the Health categories sit below the average for starting fighters across the board.

When it comes time to finally select a fighting style for your created character in EA SPORTS UFC, it truly does boil down to how you most feel comfortable taking the fight in the virtual Octagon.  Each style has its own strengths and weaknesses—the Mixed Martial Artist is above average in Stand-Up, Submission, and Ground while far below average in Health, for example, while Jiu Jitsu characters boast great Submission and Ground ratings but suffer from below average Stand-Up and Health numbers—but selecting the best fit for you will allow you to develop your skills, win fights, and earn the experience you need to start working your way up from that starting 59 overall.


Which fighting style did you choose for your first created fighter in EA SPORTS UFC’s Career mode?  Share your creation experience with us in our Community here at GoodGameBro!

  • CarmelitaMButler

    Fighters in EA SPORTS UFC are rated in three major categories: Stand-Up, Submission, and Ground; there seems to be no better way to break down the fighting styles to help you figure out which style is best suited for your Career mode experience.

  • ChoMama

    Karate and Tae Kwon Do are the most balanced styles of fighting.

  • Edward Sanchez

    *cough* karate and boxing *cough *

    • Disinterested_3rd_Party

      The defense, footwork, and stance of Boxing, mixed with the power and application of Karate. They go together like cereal and milk. That video ending though — man is that awesome.

  • ra’vel

    Wtf is that? Muay thai should be first, every thai boxer has 200+ fights.
    Boxer (62)
    Tae Kwon Do (59)
    Kickboxer (58)
    Karate (57)
    Muay Thai (57)

    • Disinterested_3rd_Party

      Probably for that very same reason. 200+ fights means that you should’ve taken your fair share of abuse while training.