EA Sports UFC 2: How To Defend Against Grappling/Guard Positions
(Last Updated On: May 5, 2016)

Now that EA Sports UFC 2 is up and out for the Xbox One and PS4, gamers are finding out just how much has changed from the first game and how deep the gameplay mechanics are. The learning curve is steep, no doubt, but it’s a very rewarding game if you can master some of the basic techniques, like defending while on the ground and preventing your opponent from mounting or syncing in submission holds.

YouTuber Martial Mind offers an extensive 11 minute video on how to guard against various grappling positions and how to wiggle out of a tough bind while you’re on your back. You can check out the video below.

One of the things that EA constantly repeated in promoting EA Sports UFC 2 is that one of the things new in the submission system is being able to move and scramble at the same time as your opponent. This means that if you’re on your back you don’t have to wait for your opponent to make a move in order to make a move yourself.

To defend yourself if you’re on your back in the full-guard and you want to prevent your opponent from moving in to the half-guard, you can hold R2 and flick the right-analog stick in the direction that your opponent is going. So if they attempt to move into the half-guard from the left, flick the analog stick to the left. If they attempt to move into the half-guard from the right, flick the right analog stick to the right.

One of the more difficult positions to defend out of is the side control position. To deny your opponent moving into a top mount, simply hold down R2 and flick the right analog stick in the direction that the opponent is moving to mount. To deny an opponent moving into the north-south position, you simply flick the right analog stick while holding R2, in the opposite direction.

When you’re defending on your back from the full mount position, you can hold down the R2 and flick the right analog to the right to move into the right half-guard position; the same applies if he’s attempting to move to the left for a submission, and you want to lock him into a half-guard position. This gives you a little more breathing room and leaves you a lot less exposed for a full-mount beat down.

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When you’re in the sprawl and you’re on the bottom, it’s the same as the defensive maneuvers above. You can hold down R2 and move the right analog stick left or right to block your opponent from transitioning to the left or right. Just look for which direction they’re attempting to move in and quickly flick the right analog stick in that direction to prevent them from gaining an advantage.

The same applies for the back-side mount. From the back-side it’s only possible to transition into a full back mount or the sprawl position. To prevent an opponent from transitioning to the back simply hold R2 and flick the right analog stick to the left, and to prevent an opponent from transitioning to the sprawl, simply flick the right analog stick to the right.

The final position that may throw off some players is the new back sitting position. This is a newly added position that allows those on offense to transition into the top mount or to get up, and it allows those on defense to transition into the full guard position.

Since there are only two positions to move into from the back sitting position, all you have to look for is the two fighters begin to scramble with their hands and then you hold down R2 while flicking the right analog stick to the right.

It’s a lot to take in and tons of info to consider but if applied properly you can easily keep your opponent from gaining an advantage when grappling from the guard positions in EA Sports UFC 2.


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