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UFC 2009 Undisputed
Developer(s) Yuke's Osaka
Publisher(s) THQ
Release date NA May 19, 2009

EU May 22, 2009

Genre Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer, online multiplayer
Age rating(s) BBFC: 15


Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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UFC 2009 Undisputed is a mixed martial arts video game featuring Ultimate Fighting Championship properties and fighters developed by Yuke's Osaka and published by THQ. The game was released in the US on May 19, 2009, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is the first game to be released under THQ's 2007 agreement with the UFC, and it is to be the first UFC game released since UFC: Sudden Impact in 2004. A playable demo of UFC 2009 was released onto Xbox Live and PlayStation Network on April 23, 2009, and featured a tutorial and exhibition matchup between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio Rua.


In a contrast to Yukes' pro wrestling games, the new UFC game is described as a realistic mixed martial arts simulator by its developers. Over 100 UFC personalities are featured, with over 80 of them being fighters from all five weight classes. An early trailer from June 2008 showed non-fighters such as broadcasters Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan, fight announcer Bruce Buffer, NSAC referee Mario Yamasaki, ring girls Arianny Celeste and Edith Labelle, cutman "Stitch" Duran and cornermen Greg Jackson, and Mark Dellagrotte. Models are highly-detailed with over 30,000 polygons used for fighter models.

Fighting styles[]

The developers at Yuke's Osaka included 6 major primary fighting styles for the fighters in the game; Striking: Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay thai, Grappling: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Wrestling. These styles are placed into two categories, allowing a character to have two of these abilities. The "standup" category allows Boxing, Muay thai or Kickboxing, while grappling-style can consist of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling or Judo.


The complete roster was revealed to and published by GameSpot.

Andrei Arlovski
Mark Coleman
Mirko Cro Cop
Gabriel Gonzaga
Antoni Hardonk
Heath Herring
Cheick Kongo
Brock Lesnar
Justin McCully
Frank Mir
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Eddie Sanchez
Tim Sylvia
Cain Velasquez
Brandon Vera
Fabricio Werdum
Light Heavyweights
Houston Alexander
Ryan Bader
Tim Boetsch
Stephan Bonnar
Rashad Evans
Forrest Griffin
Wilson Gouveia
James Irvin
Quinton Jackson
Keith Jardine
Chuck Liddell
Lyoto Machida
Kazuhiro Nakamura
Tito Ortiz
Mauricio Rua
Thiago Silva
Wanderlei Silva
Ricardo Almeida
Michael Bisping
Rich Franklin
Kendall Grove
Dan Henderson
Chris Leben
Thales Leites
Jason MacDonald
Drew McFedries
Demian Maia
Martin Kampmann
Nate Marquardt
Yushin Okami
Amir Sadollah
Anderson Silva
Evan Tanner
Thiago Alves
Matt Arroyo
Kyle Bradley
Josh Burkman
Marcus Davis
Jon Fitch
Matt Hughes
Anthony Johnson
Josh Koscheck
Chris Lytle
Karo Parisyan
Diego Sanchez
Ben Saunders
Matt Serra
Georges St-Pierre
Mike Swick
Mark Bocek
Rich Clementi
Mac Danzig
Nathan Diaz
Frank Edgar
Efrain Escudero
Spencer Fisher
Kenny Florian
Hermes Franca
Tyson Griffin
Roger Huerta
Joe Lauzon
Gray Maynard
BJ Penn
Sean Sherk
Joe Stevenson
Thiago Tavares


[hide] Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 84.2% Xbox 360
Metacritic 83% Xbox 360, 84% PS3
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 7/10
Eurogamer 8/10
Game Informer 8/10
GamePro 5/5
GameSpot 8.0/10
GameTrailers 8.9/10
IGN 7.6/10
Official Xbox Magazine 8.5/10
X-Play 3/5

Initial reviews have been positive with Metacritic giving the game an 83% after 58 reviews and Game Rankings giving it a 84% after 21 reviews. Some reviews cited the lack of a penalty for users who disconnect from online games as a negative aspect, along with lag in online play. Although recently, there has been a patch that must be downloaded, that is preventing "cheating" with the CAF program, by stopping a bug that players were able to exploit an error in the CAF system, that allowed artificial "pumping up" of the CAF's ability meters. This patch is also supposed to be able to track those players that disconnect in an attempt to falsely prevent losses from showing up on the CAF's Win-Loss record. It is also supposed to try to prevent lag issues, by matching up players with similar connection speeds. According to NPD figures, UFC 2009: Undisputed managed to sell over 1,000,000 units in its first month. 679,600 of these sales came on the Xbox 360, with 334,400 coming on the PlayStation 3.Hyper's Daniel Wilks commends the game for its "very deep, intricate fighting system [and] balanced striking and ground game." However, he criticized the game for its "very steep learning curve, very niche appeal".At the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards, UFC 2009 Undisputed was named the Best Individual Sports Game.

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