If you’re a fan of UFC 3, then you know that takedowns can be some of the most important moves in the game. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to defend against takedowns so you can keep the fight going.
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Defending against common takedowns
There are a few different ways you can defend against the most common takedowns in UFC 3. Let’s go through each one.
Jab takedowns are some of the most common takedowns you’ll see in UFC 3, especially from distance fighters. To defend against a jab takedown, you need to be quick on the trigger and want to parry or intercept the jab as soon as you see it coming. As your parry or intercept animation is playing, quickly switch to a body shot and take them down.
Low kicks are another very common weapon, especially from Muay Thai fighters. To defend against low kicks, you need to have good timing and reactions. As soon as you see the low kick coming, quickly press R2/RT to block. If you time it correctly, you will automatically parry the low kick and can follow up with a counterattack.
The overhand right is a very powerful punch that can easily take you down if you’re not careful. To defend against an overhand right, you want to duck under the punch and then quickly press R2/RT to block. If you time it correctly, you will automatically parry the overhand right and can follow up with a counterattack.
Defending against leg kicks
There are a few key things you need to do in order to defend against leg kicks in UFC 3. First, you need to keep your hands up by your face at all times. This will help block some of the kicks and make it harder for your opponent to land a clean shot. Second, you need to be constantly moving your legs and feet, so that you are difficult to target. Finally, when your opponent does kick, try to counter with a quick punch or kick of your own. If you can land a counterattack while they are off balance, you can often take them down.
Defending against head kicks
One of the best ways to defend against head kicks in UFC 3 is by using a combination of parries, blocks, and footwork.
Parrying is a technique you can use to deflect an opponent’s attack away from your head. To parry a headkick, timing is everything. As your opponent’s leg is about to land, quickly move your head to the side so that their kick misses.
Blocking is another way to defend against head kicks. Use your arms and gloves to deflect the kick away from your head. Be sure to keep your chin tucked down so that you don’t get hit in the jaw.
Footwork is also key in defending against head kicks. Keep your feet moving and be ready to shift your weight from one foot to the other. This will help you stay balanced and avoid getting knocked down by a headkick.
Defending against clinch takedowns
One of the most important things to know in UFC 3 is how to defend against takedowns, especially in the clinch. There are a few key things you can do to make sure you don’t get taken down in this situations, and we’ll go over them all here.
First, when you’re in the clinch, make sure you’re using your body weight to your advantage. Lean into your opponent and use your weight to push them backwards. This will make it much harder for them to take you down.
Second, keep your arms tight to your body. This will prevent your opponent from being able to get a good grip on you and make it difficult for them to take you down.
Third, if your opponent does manage to get a grip on you, quickly move your hips out of the way. This will make it very difficult for them to actually take you down.
Lastly, if you find yourself in a position where you think a takedown is inevitable, tuck your chin and roll with the motion. This will help protect your head and neck from being injured during the takedown.
Defending against trips
Trips can be some of the most frustrating takedowns to defend against. Your opponent can take you down with very little effort and, if you’re not careful, can end up in top position. Here are some tips on how to defend against trips.
First, when your opponent goes for the trip, try to sprawl out. This will make it harder for them to successfully take you down. Second, if they do manage to take you down, try to scramble back to your feet as soon as possible. The longer you stay on the ground, the more likely it is that your opponent will be able to mount an offensive and cause serious damage.
Third, if all else fails and your opponent does end up in top position, do your best to protect yourself by turtling up. This will make it difficult for them to land any strikes and will improve your chances of survival until the round ends or a referee can step in.
Defending against throws
Throws are a very important part of mixed martial arts, and can often be the difference between winning and losing a fight. In UFC 3, there are a few different ways to defend against them.
One of the most important things to remember when defending against throws is to not panic. If you try to block or grab frantically, you will almost always get taken down. Instead, focus on timing your blocks and parries correctly.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that not all throws are created equal. There are four different types of throws in UFC 3: single leg takedowns, double leg takedowns, headlocks, and clinching. Each type of throw has a different animation, so it is important to pay attention to your opponent’s posture before they attempt one.
The best way to defend against a throw is to parry it. To do this, you must press the Heavy Attack Button (X on Xbox One, Square on PS4) at the exact moment your opponent begins their animation. If timed correctly, your fighter will shove them away and put you in a position to attack.
If you are not able to parry the throw, there are still some things you can do to defend yourself. For single leg takedowns and double leg takedowns, you can try to sprawl by pressing the Heavy Block Button (B on Xbox One, Circle on PS4) when your opponent goes for the takedown. This will cause you to spread your legs and make it harder for them to take you down.
For headlocks and clinch throws, the best defense is often simply to back away. Headlock throws are telegraphed by your opponent putting their arms around your head, while clinch throws are telegraphed by your opponent putting their arms around your waist. When either of these happens, quickly tap the Left Stick away from your opponent to back out of range and avoid the throw.
Defending against the cage
If you find yourself backed up against the cage, there are a couple of ways you can defend yourself. First, if your opponent is trying to take you down, put your arms up on the cage to block their advance. Second, if they are coming in with punches, use the cage to block their strikes. Lift your elbows up and move your head from side to side to avoid taking any damage. Finally, if you have enough space, you can kick at your opponent’s legs to make them back off.
Defending against the clinch
In UFC 3, there are two ways to defend against the clinch; by parrying or blocking. Parrying is done by pressing R2/RT while blocking is done by holding L2/LT. You can also press square/X to attempt a head strike while in the clinch.
Parrying will defend against all strikes, but timing is important. Block does not require perfect timing, but will only defend against one attack before needing to be reset. Head strikes can be used to staggered an opponent, but will not do much damage if they are defended against.
You can also use the left stick to break out of the clinch by pushing in the opposite direction of your opponent. This is useful if you are outnumbered or want to create some space between you and your opponent.
Defending against the ground
While you’re on the ground, you can still put up a decent fight and defend yourself from damage. Here’s how to do it.
First, let’s talk about the guard. This is when you’re on your back with your legs up, trapping your opponent in between. From here, you can either try to sweep them (flip them over so you end up on top), or submit them. To sweep your opponent, hit R2/RT + Circle/B while they’re in your guard. For a submission, hit R2/RT + Square/X while in their guard. It takes a few seconds to set up a submission attempt, so make sure you have some time and space before trying it.
If you’re on your back and not in their guard (meaning they’re not trapped between your legs), then you’re in side control. From here, you can either transition into mount (where you trap their body beneath yours), or attempt a ground and pound TKO by hitting R2/RT + Circle/B three times while they’re in side control. If theytry to roll away from the ground and pound attempts, quickly hit Circle/B again to re-establish side control.
If your opponent gets full mount (they trap your legs as well as getting on top of you), then it’s tougher to get out of there without taking some damage first. Your first priority should be to transition into half guard so they’re not in full mount anymore. Do this by hitting R2/RT + Circle/B while they’re in full mount. From there, try to get back into full guard or sweep them into side control as mentioned earlier.
If all else fails and you can’t seem to get out of a dangerous position, then hitting Triangle/Y will allow you to stand back up and reset the position
Defending against submissions
When you’re in a ground fight, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want to stay on your feet as much as possible. The longer the fight stays on the ground, the more likely it is that your opponent will be able to take you down and submit you. Second, you want to try to take your opponent down as well. This will give you an opportunity to mount an attack and potentially get a submission of your own. Finally, if the fight does go to the ground, you want to be aware of your opponent’s position and what their next move might be. If they have your back, they might be looking for a rear naked choke. If they’re in your guard, they might be trying to land someground and pound. Pay attention to their body language and look for opportunities to counter their moves.