How To Grapple And Escape Submissions In EA Sports UFC

So you want to know a fast way to submit people in EA Sports UFC or escape their grapple attempts to become the all-around best fighter? Well, here are a few beginner-guide tips for becoming the Yuri Bokya of EA Sports UFC.

So let's get the basics out of the way first: You've finished the tutorial and you're playing the game but you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. There are a few basic ways to do what you want to do without fretting over remembering more of the complex control mechanics from the game manual.

For instance, if you want to clinch, just move the right analog stick toward your opponent. Easy peasy. If you want to control the clinch, just keep moving up on the right analog stick. This will give you an advantage when clinching. You can perform takedowns and various body and headshots from within the clinch, as you can see in the video below.

Takedowns can also be performed from within the clinch as well. You can press the trigger or bumper buttons while moving the right analog toward or downward to attempt a takedown and bring your opponent to the ground. Just make sure you have enough energy to do so. Alternatively, from the standing position, you can hold the left trigger and flick the right analog toward your opponent.

Once you're on the ground, things can sometimes get tricky.

Just like in real-life, it's easy to lose control, panic and start button mashing once you're on the ground and in a grapple position. The main thing is to keep calm (whether you're on top or on the bottom) and maintain a clear head about what you want to accomplish while you're on the ground.

If you want to switch ground positions, simply maneuver the right analog to the position you would like to get into. Moving to the right or left of the camera will put you on the side of your opponent. Rotating the analog upward will have your character attempt to get into a full mount position.

Moving the analog in any direction or attempting to get in any position will cause your character to expend stamina. So be sure you know where you want to go before wiggling and waggling all over the place.

The best and easiest way to perform a submission from the ground position is to hold down the right bumper or R1, and then perform a half-circle left or right with the right analog stick.

When the grapple starts you'll have a circular prompt appear showing you four directions. Now this confuses a ton of people and it confused the heck out of me, even after watching EA's grapple tutorial video.

Basically, when applying a submission just follow the on-screen prompts. It's just like playing Dance, Dance Revolution, except you hold the right analog in the direction of the screen prompt and you keep it there. A left analog prompt will flash on the screen and rumble the controller briefly. You must quickly tap the left analog position while still holding the right analog in prompted position.

Once you complete the multiple stages of the submission and the little bar shows 100% then you'll submit your opponent. It's easy to submit an opponent on a weakened body part or when their stamina is drained.

On the flip-side, when you find yourself on your back just remember to keep calm.

I lost a dozen or so fights just because I would get slammed, run out of stamina, get punched in the face and either get KO'd or have the AI submit me like a noob, even after I had been dominating most of the fight.

Again, the most important part is to stay calm. Most of your control will be from the right analog. Just take a few moments for your stamina to recover to full and then rotate the right analog stick left or right. That's it. You'll begin to reposition from on the ground. Continue this motion – rotating left or right – until you eventually flip your opponent and you get the mount. It's that easy.

Alternatively, you can keep clicking in the left analog button until you push away or kick out of the ground grapple. This is the easiest and best way to get out of a tight spot, especially if you were already rocked by a knockdown.

If you can't escape from the ground or reposition yourself before an opponent locks on a submission, don't worry. Remember, the quickest way to lose is to panic.

Once they synch in a submission just move the right analog to various positions until you find one that moves to the farthest most outer edge. The father outside the circle the button prompt goes the quicker you are to escape. The best thing to do is to trick your opponent when the left stick prompt appears by moving quickly to a different position and attempt to escape.

Stamina and body damage will of course play a factor in this, and the more you wiggle around the right analog the more stamina you'll expend. So move wisely and try to find one of the four directional walls that you can easily escape from.

Once you get the basics down it's a lot easier to perform the necessary moves to get your opponent on the ground, or to escape from submissions while on the ground. There are way more advanced techniques than this, but this is about the easiest way to make use of some of the clinch, grapple and submission game in EA Sports UFC.

You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official website.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.