UFC Undisputed 3 March DLC Review

by Matt Paligaru

The first of the UFC Undisputed downloadable content has been released, and you are now able to play as 5 new fighters. This DLC Pack, entitled "Fight of the Night" has the following fighters available for play:

-Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (who, due to unfortunate circumstances was released from the UFC 2 months before this pack came out.) In his turbulent tenure with the UFC, Johnson boasted a 7-4 record, with 1 Fight of the Night and 2 Knockout of the Night bonuses.

-Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout, a Canadian standout who debuted in the UFC at age 21. He has a 6-6 lifetime record in the UFC, including 3 consecutive Fight of the Night bonuses, 1 Knockout of the Night bonus. Those 3 Fight of the Night bonuses could easily be 5, as his 2 career-defining fights against Spencer Fisher both occurred prior to the UFC issuing post-fight bonuses.

-Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon, a submission specialist whose 21 career wins have all been via stoppage (4 knockouts, 17 submissions.) His 8-4 lifetime UFC record includes 3 Fight of the Night and 3 Submission of the Night bonuses. Brought in to face former UFC Lightweight champion Jens Pulver, Lauzon knocked him out in 44 seconds while coming in a 7-1 underdog.

-Rory "Ares" (formerly "The Waterboy") MacDonald, a highly touted prospect in the welterweight division. He has a 3-1 lifetime UFC record, with one Fight of the Night bonus from that loss where he was arguably only seconds away from defeating current Interim champion Carlos Condit by decision. A few months past his 22nd birthday, he isn't even the youngest fighter on this pack. That dubious distinction goes to...

-Charles "Do Bronx" Oliviera. Also 22, Oliviera burst into the UFC's lightweight division in summer of 2010, racking up 2 submission wins. His 3-2-1 UFC record boasts 3 submission of the night victories, and 1 Fight of the Night.

Despite Johnson's penchant for highlight reel knockouts, I found MacDonald's striking to be the best of all the fighters, often stunning fighters with only a couple of punches, and cutting them with relative ease.

Perhaps the most fun to use fighters, however, are Oliviera and Lauzon. Both are lanky fighters with great submission offense and able to pull off any number of submissions at any given time. Lauzon was also the first fighter I encountered to fake pre-fight sportsmanship, when he faked touching gloves at the beginning of the fight and knocked me out in a matter of seconds (one of my last jaunts at legendary difficulty.) Whether this was even something programmed on purpose is unlikely, but it was funny nevertheless.

Also available is the "Ultimate Upsets" pack, in which you can re-live 4 of the most famous "upsets" in UFC history: UFC 92's Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, UFC 112's Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn, UFC 116's Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama and UFC 121's Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar. A 5th upset, the UFC 109 fight between Chael Sonnen and Nate Marquardt was removed at the UFC's request (likely due to the falling out between the UFC and Marquardt that occurred shortly after the original roster was finalized.) Seasoned MMA fans may look at some of these choices with surprise, as in a couple of cases, the winners (claimed as an upset) weren't really that much of an underdog. With Lesnar/Velasquez, for example, support was nearly 50/50 depending on whom you spoke to, though betting odds would likely have begged to differ. Still, a nice pickup if you've exhausted your other fight re-creation scenarios.

Both packs are available now, and you can purchase each for 400 MSP, or the Season Pass for 1360 MSP, which also includes the Alistair Overeem DLC if you missed it. Overeem will also be available as a paid character shortly. Please note the Season's Pass will NOT get you the Gamestop preorder fighters, nor do there appear to be plans to make them available any other way at this time.


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