UFC Undisputed 3

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UFC Undisputed 3
UFC Undisputed 3 cover.png
Cover art featuring former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva, who won a fan vote to appear on the cover of the game.
Developer(s) Yuke's
Publisher(s) THQ
Director(s) Masahiro Nakatani (creative)
Producer(s) Hiromi Furuta
Designer(s) Tetsuya Seta
Shinichi Miyamoto
Programmer(s) Shunsuke Hanabusa
Kenichi Yamamoto
Writer(s) Sean Reiley
Composer(s) Thomas Caffey
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • NA: February 14, 2012
  • EU: February 17, 2012
Genre(s) Sports,
Mode(s) Single-player

UFC Undisputed 3 is a mixed martial arts video game featuring Ultimate Fighting Championship properties and fighters developed by Yuke's and published by THQ. It was released February 14, 2012 in North America and February 17, 2012 in Europe for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is a sequel to UFC Undisputed 2010, making it the third and last game to be released under THQ's 2007 agreement with the UFC. The demo was released on January 24, 2012. The game topped the UK sales charts for several weeks.[1]

Gameplay changes[edit]

UFC Undisputed 3 has improved and added changes from its predecessor, including the following:[2][3]

  • New THQ servers for online play and downloadable content. Since the closing of THQ the servers are now closed.
  • The addition of Pride Mode, with Pride rules, ring, and fighters. Pride Grand Prix has also been included, with the ability to have fights in the same night with damage moving onto the next fight. Commentary is provided by Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros. Lenne Hardt announces the fighters in Pride.
  • A brand new submission system. New submission moves includes the standing rear naked choke, standing guillotine choke, and the flying scissor heel hook.
  • Motion capture used for fighters for more realistic movement.
  • New Stats: Footwork, Ground Grapple Top and Bottom for offense and defense.
  • Fighter entrances and music.
  • Two game play control options: traditional and simplified (Pro and Amateur controls).
  • Leg kick TKO's, including leg breaks from blocked kicks.
  • New KO animations. "Finish the Fight" allows you to continue punching an unconscious opponent until the referee pulls you off.
  • Damage recovery between rounds.
  • New Stamina system, where stamina can only come back up so far until you are fully rested. Cuts affect stamina and energy recovery rate.
  • Redesigned striking game emphasizing jabs, quick strikes, and combinations. Elbow spamming has been fixed, with only certain fighters having elbows in clinch range. A fighter's reach is now a big part in striking, and new feint system and takedown-intercepting knees have been added.
  • New clinch controls, including a new transition in the clinch to back control. Whip knees can be done to the body and can be blocked.
  • Stat decay removed in Career Mode, and roster fighters from the UFC and Pride can now be taken through career mode.
  • New ground positions with the cage, including using the cage to set up submissions and "wall walking" back to a standing position.
  • New options, such as Stamina Simulation mode, Competition Spec mode (removes all random elements such as flash KOs and doctor stoppages), and Stat Equalizer (equalizes all stats to 90 for both fighters).
  • Fighters are now able to sway on the ground to avoid strikes.
  • Sweeps are back from UFC 2009 Undisputed, including new ones.
  • Venues available includes MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The O2, Bell Centre, Palms Casino Resort, and the Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino. Madison Square Garden returns from UFC 2009 Undisputed. Pride matches are realised on Saitama Super Arena and WFA matches are realised at The Joint.
  • Mario Yamasaki, Herb Dean, Yves Lavigne, Josh Rosenthal, Dan Miragliotta and Kevin Mulhall are the referees available in the game.


UFC roster[edit]

The UFC roster was revealed by ESPN.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


Alistair Overeem was made available via DLC through a limited time offer on the official Facebook page for UFC Undisputed 3, where users had ‘like’ the page to receive a free DLC token.[11] In addition THQ released the "Fight of the Night" DLC Pack in March 2012, which includes fighters Joe Lauzon, Rory MacDonald, Charles Oliveira, Sam Stout and Anthony Johnson. THQ has also added the "International" DLC Pack in April 2012 which features fighters Chan Sung Jung, John Hathaway, Pascal Krauss, Kyle Noke and Alessio Sakara.[12]

All DLC was later released for purchase on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace. As of March 2013, the THQ game servers for online gaming and DLC's are no longer available on PlayStation Network. On late May 2013, the servers on Xbox Live for online ranked matches were also shut down.

PRIDE roster[edit]

The PRIDE Roster was revealed by ESPN.[13]


On June 5, 2012, it was announced that THQ had sold the UFC license to Electronic Arts and closed the studio that worked on the franchise.[14] A new title, EA Sports UFC, was released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next-gen consoles on June 17, 2014, a sequel was released in Spring 2016.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p%2Fsoftware%2Fuk%2Farchive%2Findex_test.jsp&ct=110031&arch=t&lyr=2012&year=2012&week=8
  2. ^ "UFC Undisputed 3 - Step Inside!". Community.UFCUndisputed.com. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  3. ^ "UFC Undisputed 3 Gameplay Q&A #2". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  4. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Heavyweights". ESPN.com. October 17, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Light Heavyweights". ESPN.com. October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Middleweights". ESPN.com. October 19, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Welterweights". ESPN.com. October 25, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Lightweights". ESPN.com. October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Featherweights". ESPN.com. October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Bantamweights". ESPN.com. October 20, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.ufcundisputed.com/go/article/view/gameplay_video/252313/alistair_overeem_is_in_ufc_undisputed_3!
  12. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/news/ufc-undisputed-3-gets-season-pass-dlc-6349653
  13. ^ "'UFC Undisputed 3' Roster: Pride". ESPN.com. November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ "'THQ Loses UFC, Closes Studio'". escapistmagazine.com. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.