best MMA video games

Best Mixed Martial Arts Video Games of All-Time

Boy, have video games changed over the years. Today’s video game technology has made it seem as if the player has been transported into the actual game, in real-time, no less. It’s completely insane. 

Therefore, the video game experience has gone on to new levels never imagined before. Think back to the first incarnation of mixed martial arts (MMA) modes in professional wrestling games in 1996. Yes, they look so child-like now. 

Thankfully, MMA video games have been fortunate enough to take advantage of the improvement of gaming technology and use it to make the best fighting games possible, all for your vicious bloodlust. 

If it was anymore realistic, you would find yourself wiping sweat, slavia, and blood off your own body in real life. 

Top Five Best MMA Video Games

Here is my list of the top five best MMA video games: 

1. UFC Undisputed 3

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 in 2012. 

While true MMA video game fans have loved this genre, it has experienced various degrees of success, mainly due to the sports’ loyal fan base. 

But many video game reviewers and fans alike consider UFC Undisputed 3 to be the best in the franchise, and arguably in history, saying it’s the closest any game has ever come to capturing the intricacies of MMA. 

UFC Undisputed 3

It does, however, deliver a terrific MMA experience from top to bottom, and everywhere in between. But not all MMA video gamers have been fans of this game. Some have said it turns it back on the unpredictability and the brutal fluidity of the sport. 

However, I feel it’s more for the blood thirsty MMA fans, delivering a significant amped up version of UFC Undisputed 2010. The biggest alteration being the addition of the PRIDE mode that allows you to ruthlessly knee, stomp, kick and bash in the head of a helplessly grounded opponent. Nice touch, indeed. 

Another sweet thing about this video game is that it has comprehensive tutorials that is useful for novice players or people who haven’t touched a UFC game in a long time, or at all. You can peruse through the guided tutorial mode’s 62 quick exercises to get yourself accustomed to game. 

What I really like about it is that you have to, in Career Mode, startout in the World Fighting Alliance (WFA), a no-defunct MMA organization that lasted five years,to crack the UFC roster. So no freebies there. 

UFC Undisputed 3
  • Compete for the first time within the legendary Pride environment featuring official announcers and renowned Japanese MMA league rules, including brutal soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head
  • With punishing new moves, a brand new submission system and increased focus on presentation, players will have more options than ever to take advantage of a downed opponent
  • Experience the intensity of UFC with new camera positions, compelling fighter entrances, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance
  • Get inside the Octagon with a choice between traditional and simplified gameplay control options
  • Go head to head with more than 150 prolific UFC fighters, including the addition of Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions

2. EA Sports UFC 3 

EA Sports UFC 3 is the best game in the series to date, revolutionizing fighting movement with Real Player Motion Technology, delivering quality fluidity and responsive fighter motion. 

Adding realism, in the new G.O.A.T. Career Mode, your choices outside the Octagon now matter as much as your performance inside the Octagon as you hype fights, create high-octane rivalries and more en route to becoming the brutal sports’ Greatest of All Time. 

EA Sports UFC 3

Pretty cool if you ask me. 

In addition, Its fundamental commands are responsive and permit the player to rely on their creativity in order to outsmart and send their opponents crawling to the canvas with a lethal blow time and time again. 

Hey, no one ever send being the best would be easy, did they? 

EA SPORTS UFC 3 - PlayStation 4
  • Join cover fighter Conor McGregor on a journey to be the greatest of all time, inside and outside the Octagon
  • Real Player Motion: New cutting edge animation technology makes every move, strike, and combination more realistic, responsive, and rewarding
  • G.O.A.T. Career Mode: Build hype to gain fans and create rivalries that capture the world’s attention. Then fight to dominate the Octagon
  • Multiplayer Mode: New customizable multiplayer modes let you and your friends face off with highlight reel knockouts
  • Spanish (Publication Language)

3. UFC 2010 Undisputed (PS3 and Xbox 360)

UFC 2010 Undisputed was the second game in the series that Yuke’s developed and THQ published in 2010 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Portable. 

This game features over 100 dynamic UFC fighters and is an improvement over UFC 2009 Undisputed, by making it a bit easier to play. 

UFC 2010 Undisputed (PS3 and Xbox 360)

But the game’s Career Mode is a pretty cool, real-world feature. It requires you to balance training and fighting to better your stats and help elevate yourself to relevant and popular status, by taking part in promotional activities to keep the public and your sponsors happy. So, you get video game education on brand building while kicking butt on your way to the UFC’s top of the mountain. 

The game’s graphics make the fighters look even better than the UFC 2009 Undisputed, down to improving the visible damage to the combatants in the form of red gashes on their bodies. 

One valed complaint is that you don’t get to see an actual referee in the octagon, so it’s a little strange to have both fighters separated by an invisible force. But I digress.

UFC Undisputed 2010 - Playstation 3
  • Fighters and Personalities – Navigate a roster of more than 100 prolific UFC fighters, each fully rendered to convey a photorealistic appearance
  • Enhanced Combat – A new Sway System with full upper body and head movement allows for the dodging of attacks, while on the ground. A new Posture System delivers fight-ending strikes from every position
  • Fighter Customization– Choose from an array of moves from all available disciplines, including newly added Sambo, Karate and Greco-Roman Wrestling, to become a true mixed martial artist.
  • Expansive Online Play – Encourage camaraderie by forming fight camps and leagues to participate in ranking and champion tracking systems. Join forces, train like real-life UFC fighters and go online to compete against other camps in the virtual UFC world.
  • Career Mode – A Game Is Watching You system tracks every action and uses this information to dictate in-game commentary and career progression

4. UFC 2009 Undisputed 

UFC 2009 Undisputed was the first in the series of three UFC games produced by THQ, and was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. 

At the time, It was a game-changer, featuring a larger field of UFC fighters, disciplines, and weight classes from which to choose. 

UFC 2009 Undisputed

It was the first time that MMA gamers had the chance to play with the real complexies of the sport that had never seen in the past. 

Moreover, gone were the cheesy gunshot sound effects, which were trying to mimic hard landing punches to your foe. UFC 2009 Undisputed also added nice touches, as it displayed damage to the combatants in the form of small, cut and bruises on their bodies. And it’s Career Mode, enabled you to spar, attend training camps, and relive famous, classic matchups. 

It helped set the stage for things to come in the MMA video fight game. 

UFC Undisputed 2009 - Playstation 3
  • Influence fighter's careers by customizing physical appearance and attributes, learning new fighting techniques and managing his training process through attributes such as strength and cardiovascular health.
  • A fighter roster of more than 80 top names from all weight divisions, as well as popular commentators, announcers, referees, trainers, Octagon girls and more from the world of Ultimate Fighting.
  • Photorealistic fighters who breathe, sweat and move like their real-life counterparts. Players also experience ripple effects across fighters faces and bodies from the impact of punches and kicks.
  • A brand new fighting game engine that emphasizes innovative, responsive and easy-to-play controls will give players unparalleled command of their fighters in the Octagon.
  • Take down opponents and get the submission with a variety of mixed martial arts disciplines, including Judo, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

5. Pride Fighting Championship (PS2) 

Pride Fighting Championships (Pride or Pride FC, founded as KRS-Pride) was a Japanese mixed martial arts promotion company that was founded in 1997 and ceased operation in 2007. 

Developed by Anchor Inc. and released by THQ for the PlayStation 2 in 2003, this video game was groundbreaking at the time. But it’s still considered to be pretty cool by many die-hard MMA gamer fans. This is a sentimental favorite of mine. 

It’s striking realistic fight-game features will provide hours of fun for the true gamer. Pride FC delivered deeper, more fluid gameplay than any mixed-martial-arts game at the time, but it still makes for an especially exciting two-player game. 

Pride Fighting Championship (PS2)

Pride sports 25 real fighters, including Kazushi Sakuraba, Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, Wanderlei Silva, Renzo and Royce Gracie, Gary Goodridge, Carlos Newton, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. 

Pride has a special mode in which you get to create your own fighter, with the ability to add facial hair, tattoos, ring gear, among other cool, detailed options. 

Furthermore, the mode lets you configure all your fighter’s moves and combos for each of the game’s different fighting positions. 

Pride FC
  • No matter what fighting style you prefer--be it Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, or kickboxing--Pride FC gives you real fighters with real moves. More than 20 fighters--including Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, Wanderlei Silva, and Royce Gracie--enter the ring for the Pride Fighting Championship. Choose from the best Pride fighters, or create your own warrior, complete with appearance, individual moves, entrance music, characteristics, and style. Victory depends on your mastery of various fighting


EA MMA is a fighting video game which EA Tiburon developed and EASports published from 2008 to 2010. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 19, 2010 in North America and October 22, 2010 everywhere else. 

It was the company’s first entry into MMA video game world. The awesomeness of the EA is that video game experts recommend that you jump right into the career mode, where the animated Bas Rutten gradually navigates you through the three aspects of MMA – standing, clinching and grappling. 

It’s never too much for your video game acumen, testing you on each area of understanding before moving to the next level. After a short time, you’re fighting strong and ready to get into the octagon.