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UFC 2009 Undisputed Training Camp
Ascending to the top of the ladder in the UFC requires more than a good chin and a good hook. You need to understand your fighters and opponent's strengths and weaknesses and to be able to create a fight plan to take advantage of both. You'll need to be able to improvise when things don't do as expected and change your plan on the go.
This article breaks down every concept you must understand to achieve your goal of being an Ultimate Fighting Champion in the Xbox 360 and Playstation game UFC 2009 Undisputed.
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UFC 2009 Undisputed: Match Rules
A non-championship UFC fight will occur during the course of two or three five-minute rounds, accept for a championship fight, which has five rounds. At the end of each round, both fighters must immediately stop fighting and return to their corners to rest and get advice for the next round from their trainer. Fighters must stay active during a round and be constantly attacking when on the ground or in a clinch, or the referee may decide to separate you.
Victory Conditions -- You can win a UFC 2009 Undisputed fight in five different ways; knockout, technical knockout, submission, decision, and by forfeit.
- Knockout (KO) -- If you land a blow that leaves your opponent unable to rise or continue fighting then you're awarded a win by knockout.
- Technical Knockout (TKO) -- If you land several unanswered blows to an opponent's head you might leave your opponent in a "rocked" state. In this state your opponent is helpless to defend themselves and if you land a few more blows the referee will stop the fight and award you a TKO victory.
- Submission -- If you're able to move into a dominant (advantaged) position over your opponent, you can try to execute a submission hold. Submission holds are techniques designed to put stress on key parts of your opponents body to force them give-up or even render them unconscious by using a choke. Once you have an opponent in a submission hold, they must either break loose or tap out, or they'll loose consciousness.
- Decision -- If you're unable to finish your opponent by the end of the last round the fight winner of the fight will be determined by the judges. The judges determine the winner using a number of different criteria, including the number of blows you land, any reversals by both fighters, takedowns executed successfully, and the amount of time each fighter spends in the advantaged position on the ground during a fight. The three judges rate the performance of each fighter in every round and award the winner 10 points and the loser of the round 9 points. At the end of the fight, the points for each round are determined for each fighter, and the fighter with the highest point total wins the fight. If at the end of the fight each fighter has the same point total, the fight is declared a draw, and neither fighter receives a win or loss.
- Forfeit -- If you forfeit a fight before the end of the last round, you'll receive a loss.
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UFC 2009 Undisputed includes three striking techniques. Many of the strikes in a fighter's arsenal are common to all three styles, but some strikes of particular techniques are unique.
- Boxing -- A boxer has a background in the professional art of boxing and they're most important skills are Standing Strikes. They have an array of punches that are effective, but usually at the expense of knee strikes and kicks. Many will have technique-specific punches that are effective, but won't use technique-specific kicks.
- Kickboxing -- Fighters using this technique use many of the same punches as boxers, but they also use a number of different kicks. Kickboxers can use both technique-specific kicks and punches.
- Muay Thai -- Muay Thai is an ancient art that uses every part of the human anatomy to inflict damage on an opponent, including knees, elbows, and shins. Fighters with this skill are trained to use attacks called whips when they're in the Muay Thai clinch and can use technique-specific kicks.
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There are three grappling techniques included with UFC 2009 Undisputed and each gives your fighter access to unique techniques and maneuvers.
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) -- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a ground fighting art that uses a variety of submission holds and chokes to defeat opponents. BJJ fighters don't have strong throws from a clinch, but they do have exclusive submission attacks that they can use from the disadvantaged position, which allows them to attack when on their back.
- Wrestling -- Wrestlers use amateur wrestling techniques and skills in their offensive arsenal. They like to ram opponents into the mat with a strong throw from a Double Underhook clinch, which usually puts them in a position of advantage.
- Judo -- Judo artists use strong throws from over/underhook clinches to bring opponents to the ground and put themselves in a position of advantage. They also have the ability to escape disadvantaged positions and bring the fight back to a standing position.
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Each fighter has eight skills with an offensive and defensive rating for each. The first four of the listed skills below are striking skills and they cover attacks executed with the A, B, X, and Y buttons on the controller. The last four attacks are executed using the right control pad.
- Standing Strikes -- These attacks include all offensive techniques using the arms and hands and are executed from a standing position. The offensive rating of a fighter indicates the amount of damage a fighter inflicts with a successful standing strike. The defensive rating indicates the amount of damage a fighter can absorb from a standing strike.
- Standing Kicks -- All kick attacks performed from a standing position, including leg kicks, straight kicks, and knee attacks. The higher a fighter's offensive rating the more damage he inflicts with a successful standing kick. The higher a fighter's defensive rating the less damage he takes from a standing kick.
- Clinch Striking -- Any strike that you execute while in a clinch is included in this category. The offensive rating here indicates how effective a fighter's strikes are while on offense in the clinch. The defensive rating indicates a fighter's ability to limit the damage of clinch strikes.
- Ground Striking -- All strikes that are executed while on the ground are included in this category. The offensive rating here indicates the amount of damage your fighter inflicts while in an advantaged position. The defensive rating indicates a fighter's ability to limit the damage done by a disadvantaged fighter's attacks and the damage done by a disadvantaged fighter.
- Clinch Grapple -This category includes any grapple executed while in the clinch. Here the offensive rating indicates the effectiveness of takedown attempts executed by the fighter on offense and a fighter's ability to gain the clinch. The defensive rating is a measure of a fighter's ability to resist being taken down and the effectiveness of his defensive takedowns.
- Takedown -- This skill covers any attempt by a standing fighter to "shoot" for a takedown against a standing opponent. The offensive and defensive ratings indicate a fighter's ability to resist a takedown and take his opponent to the ground.
- Ground Grapple -- If one or both fighters are on the ground the goal of the advantaged fighter is to improve their position with ground grapple techniques. The offensive rating measures the advantaged fighter's ability to improve their position. The defensive rating indicates a disadvantaged fighter's skill at defending against the advantaged fighter and bring the fight back to a standing position or move into the advantaged position.
- Submission -- Submissions can be executed from both the disadvantaged and advantaged position and BJJ fighters can execute a submission from a clinch. The offensive rating indicates a fighter's ability to execute a submission and the difficulty of breaking free from their submission attacks. The defensive rating indicates a fighter's ability to technically escape a submission attack.
The UFC 2009 Undisputed Game Guide takes you through the steps of creating a fighter, teaches you the basic concepts of the fight game, and all the button combinations for all the action lists used to execute the techniques used in UFC 2009 Undisputed.