Take a closer look at inside the Octagon. Dive deeper into the features showcased in the second installment of our EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series, including Precision Movement, Exertion, Full-Body Deformation and Real Damage. Precision Movement The first step to putting you in control of realistic, world-class fighters is creating believable movement. Partnering with the EA SPORTS FIFA team and leveraging all new EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, EA SPORTS UFC has created a locomotion system that eliminates sliding and skating around the canvas and instead emulates the complex footwork of a real fighter. “This new locomotion system creates the sense that when someone throws an overhand right, they’re really planting their foot, transferring the power up through their leg, into their arm, and ultimately into their opponent’s face,” explained Creative Director Brian Hayes. “It sounds like a really simple thing, but it wasn’t something we had really done before.” Not only will a fighter’s movement create a more believable athletic performance, but the design team also took special care to give the user as much control over that movement as possible, drawing a line between regular locomotion and fight-specific maneuvering. “We could have just mo-capped a guy moving around like Frankie Edgar, bobbing, weaving, slipping jabs – and all you had to do was move around the left stick to make that happen. But you probably wouldn’t feel like you had that much control and he’d be doing all that stuff on this own,” he continued. “We had to put the onus to be defensive on the user. If you want to slip, move, and bob your head like Frankie Edgar you won’t be able to do that just using the left stick. You’re going to have to flick the left stick to dodge left or right or backwards, or use the left trigger and the left stick, to slip punches while just standing in place.” Full-Body Deformation One of the toughest features to realize, but also one that best represents the realism that next-gen tech offers, Full-Body deformation will be the exclamation point on every strike and submission battle. Full-Body Deformation allows a fighter’s flesh to react as it would in reality, displacing or rippling when met with the impact of a blow or the pressure of an opponent’s submission attempt. “MMA is unique in the sense that we only have two fighters facing each other at a given time as opposed to 10 basketball players on a court, or 22 soccer players on a pitch,” pointed out Hayes. “So we wanted to take the opportunity and ask, what are some things we can do with two human characters that aren’t wearing jerseys, pads, or helmets? We wanted something to show that we were really pushing the boundaries with this new technology.” Real Damage Forget always looking up at the HUD. Damage in EA SPORTS UFC will look better than ever and give gamers the perfect ammunition for trash-talking their opponents during a fight. “If someone’s laying into your legs, you’ll be able to see the really painful looking contusions on your fighter’s legs. Same with the body – you’ll see a lot of bruising there. And of course on the face we have a variety of cuts and swelling. It’s all there and it looks better than it ever has before,” said Hayes. “The blood is also physics-based, so if a fighter gets cut on the bottom of some ground and pound, you don’t just see random blood appear on the ground – it actually flies out of a fighter’s cut, lands on the mat and you can watch it the whole way. “ No matter how much damage a fighter absorbs, gamers can rest assured they’ll always be able to go the distance, so long as they manage to stay conscious. “We decided not to have any doctor stoppages in EA SPORTS UFC. People will have different opinions on this, but we ultimately didn’t want to rob the user of the chance to make it to the end of a fight or score a wicked comeback because the AI of an Octagon-side physician decided they couldn’t continue,” he added. “You’ll recoup right away after your fight, so if you’re playing in an online tournament, you won’t carry that damage over to your next bout.” Exertion A staple of any great fighting game, exertion will be a lot more intuitive in EA SPORTS UFC and like Real Damage, provide you with the visual cues to know your fighter is expending a lot of energy without having to glance up at the HUD. “Aside from being a lot more intuitive, we’ve also made it specific to fighters,” added Hayes. “At the end of a five-round fight that had an incredible pace, you’ll still see veins bulging out on Frankie Edgar, but you won’t see him sucking wind. Hector Lombard on the other hand might have to take some time off here and there otherwise he’ll be pretty tired by the end.” Watch all these features in action below in EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series – Feel the Fight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViZ6eX1UjQQ&feature=player_embedded Boasting the deepest, most explosive talent pool of any MMA organization on the planet, the UFC has built its reputation on showcasing the best and brightest athletes that mixed martial arts has to offer. This spring, EA SPORTS UFC will do the same. Over the next few months we’ll reveal the roster of EA SPORTS UFC, along with screenshots showcasing their next-gen likeness for the first time. Fabricio Werdum Nickname: Vai Cavalo Current Record: 17-5-1 From: Porto Alegre, Brazil Fights Out Of: Los Angeles, CA, USA Age: 36 Height: 6’4” (193 cm) Weight: 239 lbs (108kg) Strengths: Ground Game One of the biggest threats currently throwing down in the UFC’s Heavyweight division, Fabricio Werdum is a true MMA veteran and boasts a professional career that dates all the way back to 2002. Riding a three-fight win streak since returning to the UFC in February of 2012, Werdum has most recently showcased his versatile skill-set with a KO win over Mike Russow followed by a submission victory over Minotauro Nogueira. Currently, Werdum ranks among the top five Heavyweights in the UFC. Gegard Mousasi Nickname: NA Current Record: 34-4-2 From: The Netherlands Fights Out Of: Leiden, The Netherlands Age: 28 Height: 6’1” (185 cm) Weight: 185 lbs (84kg) Strengths: Well-rounded With a pro career that spans all the way back to 2003, Gegard Mousasi has already put together an impressive record despite being 28 years of age. A talented finisher, only five of Mousasi’s 34 victories have come by way of decision, earning 19 other wins by knockout and another 10 by submission. After emerging victorious against Ilir Lafiti in his UFC debut in 2013, Mousasi was recently handed one of the few losses of his career by Lyoto Machida. He’ll be looking to bounce back with a win in his next fight and crack the Middleweight Top 10. Anthony Pettis Nickname: Showtime Current Record: 17-2-0 From: Milwaukee, WI, USA Fights Out Of: Milwaukee, WI, USA Age: 27 Height: 5’10” (177 cm) Weight: 155 lbs (70kg) Strengths: Excellent Standup, Strong Ground Game, Creativity The WEC’s final Lightweight champion and the UFC’s current Lightweight title-holder, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis brings some flash with him every time he steps into the Octagon. The Milwaukee native possesses a deep bag of tricks that’s helped him emerge as the winner of eight of his last nine bouts. After securing himself a place on MMA’s all-time highlight reel by landing the cage-jumping “Showtime Kick”, Pettis went on to prove his ground game could be just as slick, winning his UFC title with a Submission-of-the-Year-worthy armbar. Johny Hendricks Nickname: Bigg Rigg Current Record: 16-2-0 From: Ada, OK, USA Fights Out Of: Dallas, TX, USA Age: 30 Height: 5’9” (175 cm) Weight: 170 lbs (77kg) Strengths: Elite Wrestling, Power One of the UFC’s fastest rising stars and easily one of the most feared fighters in the Welterweight Division, Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks packs enough power to end every fight with a single shot. From an elite wresting pedigree, to a devastating left hand, to a solid chin, Hendricks has all the tools needed to either go the distance or down opponents quickly, and has ended eight of his 15 career wins by KO. Lyoto Machida Nickname: The Dragon Current Record: 21-4-0 From: Salvador, Brazil Fights Out Of: Los Angeles, CA, USA Age: 35 Height: 6’1” (185 cm) Weight: 185 lbs (84kg) Strengths: Karate, Unorthodox Style, Speed Possessing one of the most technical and unorthodox styles in MMA today, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has been getting his arm raised in the Octagon since February of 2007. A former UFC Light Heavyweight title-holder, Machida made the move to Middleweight in 2013, instantly becoming one of the division’s top contenders. An elusive stand-up game and an talent for counter-striking has helped The Dragon score his share of highlight reel knockouts including a memorable front-kick KO against the legendary Randy Couture. Junior Dos Santos Nickname: Cigano Current Record: 16-3-0 From: Santa Catarina, Brazil Fights Out Of: Salvador, Bahia Brazil Age: 30 Height: 6’4” (193 cm) Weight: 238 lbs (108kg) Strengths: Boxing, Strength, KO Power Possessing some of the most polished and powerful boxing the UFC’s Heavyweight division has to offer, it is little surprise that 13 of Junior Dos Santos’ 16 MMA wins have come by way of knockout. The former Heavyweight champ, Cigano has only two losses to his name in 12 UFC appearances, with both being handed to him by current title-holder Cain Velasquez. Chances are it won’t be too long before Dos Santos’ name finds its way back into the title-contention picture. Carlos Condit Nickname: The Natural Born Killer Current Record: 29-8-0 From: Albuquerque, NM, USA Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, NM, USA Age: 29 Height: 6’2” (187 cm) Weight: 170 lbs (77kg) Strengths: Striking, Submissions, Endurance A perennial top contender in the UFC’s Welterweight division, former interim champ Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit is never far from claiming UFC gold. A former WEC title-holder, Condit has proven himself a versatile fighter and fan-favorite, capable of producing fireworks – win or lose – whenever he steps inside the Octagon. Rangy, durable and notoriously tough to finish, The Natural Born Killer represents a challenge for any fighter in the division. Francis Carmont Nickname: Limitless Current Record: 22-7-0 From: Paris, France Fights Out Of: Montreal, QC, Canada Age: 32 Height: 6’3” (190 cm) Weight: 185 lbs (84kg) Strengths: Striking Hailing from Paris, France and fighting out of Montreal’s famed Tristar gym, Francis “Limitless” Carmont has been on the rise since entering the UFC in October of 2011. A teammate of former Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Carmont has proven that he’s capable of ending fights on his feet or on the ground, earning 10 of his career wins by submission and six by KO. After seeing his 11 fight win-streak recently snapped by Ronaldo Souza, Carmont will be looking to get back to his winning ways and continue climbing the Middleweight ladder. Benson Henderson Nickname: Smooth Current Record: 20-3-0 From: Colorado Springs, CO, USA Fights Out Of: Glendale, AZ, USA Age: 30 Height: 5’9” (175 cm) Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg) Strengths: Wrestling, Good Submissions, Ground and Pound Ever since making his way over from the WEC, Benson “Smooth” Henderson has been a staple at the top of the UFC’s Lightweight division. After initially taking the belt from Frankie Edgar in his fourth Octagon appearance, Henderson defended the strap three times against the likes of Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez before finally losing it to rival Anthony Pettis in 2013. Already back to his winning ways with a victory over Josh Thomson, look for Bendo to work his way back to another title shot before long. Robbie Lawler: Nickname: Ruthless Current Record: 22-10-0, 1NC From: San Diego, CA, USA Fights Out Of: Coconut Creek, FL, USA Age: 31 Height: 5’10” (180 cm) Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg) Strengths: Power, Hand Speed, Takedown Defense With a skill-set divided down the middle between striking and takedowns, it’s little wonder that 18 of “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler’s 22 career wins have come by way of knockout. Back in the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce, Lawler immediately began working his way back up the Welterweight ladder and into the division’s top tier with three consecutive victories, including wins over Josh Koscheck and Rory MacDonald. The three fight win-streak earned him a bout with Johny Hendricks for the vacated Welterweight title. Gilbert Melendez Nickname: El Nino Current Record: 22-3-0 From: Santa Ana, CA, USA Fights Out Of: San Francisco, CA, USA Age: 31 Height: 5’9” (175 cm) Weight: 155 lbs (70 kg) Strengths: Ground and Pound, Cardio, Transitions Strikeforce’s longtime Lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez joined the UFC in April of 2013 with a bout against Benson Henderson for the UFC title. Despite snapping a seven fight win-streak with a close split decision loss to Bendo, Melendez remains one of the top fighters to beat in the division. An arsenal of sharp striking skills has earned Melendez 11 career knockouts since turning pro in 2002. Look for Melendez to coach the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter, opposite Anthony Pettis before the two battle for the belt. Ronda Rousey Nickname: Rowdy Current Record: 9-0-0 From: Riverside, CA, USA Fights Out Of: Venice, CA, USA Age: 27 Height: 5’7” (170 cm) Weight: 135 lbs (61 kg) Strengths: Takedowns, Submissions, Explosiveness, Olympic Experience Arguably one of the biggest stars fighting in the UFC today, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has been an unstoppable force in women’s MMA since turning pro in 2011. Rousey holds the distinction of being the UFC’s first Women’s Bantamweight champion, and also stands as the first American woman to claim an Olympic medal in Judo. Known for tapping out opponents with her signature armbar, Rousey recently showcased another side of her game, earning a TKO victory over fellow Olympian, Sara McMann, in just 66 seconds. Rory MacDonald: Nickname: Ares Current Record: 16-2-0 From: Quesnel, BC, Canada Fights Out Of: Montreal, QC, Canada Age: 24 Height: 6’0” (182 cm) Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg) Strengths: Striking, Submissions At only 24 years of age, Rory “Ares” MacDonald is already a veteran of eight UFC bouts. Seeming to improve his all-around skill set every time he steps into the Octagon, the hard-hitting Canadian has finished 12 of his 15 victories and continues to ascend the Welterweight ladder. Training at Montreal’s famed Tristar Gym alongside Georges St-Pierre has contributed to MacDonald taking his game to the next level. Demian Maia Nickname: NA Current Record: 18-6-0 From: Sao Paulo, Brazil Fights Out Of: Sao Paulo, Brazil Age: 36 Height: 6’0” (182 cm) Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg) Strengths: Submissions, BBJ Black Belt, BBJ World Champion Considered by many fans and fighters alike to be the best pure grappler fighting in the UFC today, Demian Maia has been submitting his competition in the Octagon since 2007. A true MMA veteran and consummate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master, Maia put together an impressive five-fight winning streak upon entering the UFC and most recently a three-fight winning streak since dropping down to Welterweight in July of 2012. Mark Hunt Nickname: Super Samoan Current Record: 9-8-1 From: South Auckland, New Zealand Fights Out Of: Sydney, Australia Age: 39 Height: 5’10” (177 cm) Weight: 265 lbs (120 kg) Strengths: Resilience, Ability to Adapt, Power Boasting some of the heaviest hands in the UFC’s hardest-hitting division, Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt has made a career of putting on spectacular fights against the planet’s top Heavyweight talent. After logging highlight reel knockouts of Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve, Hunt most recently proved again that he’s both one of the most durable and dangerous fighters in the game, dropping jaws around the world with an unforgettable five-round performance against Bigfoot Silva. Source EA Sports.