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Submissions, Stamina, and You


When you were playing UFC 2009, you probably remember loosing a flurry of strikes on opponents and shooting to a takedown pretty fondly. The opposite side of that coin was remembering how it felt to have your fighter breathing heavy, dropping his gloves, and getting rocked after you overexerted. Stamina management has been one of the skills distinguishing one tier of Undisputed gamers from the rest. This week we wanted to help bridge that gap and give you some tips on how to respect stamina, which will in turn respect you.

Last year, the success of a submission was mainly dependent on a player's submission offense vs. his rivals submission defense. When a player with sub offense through the roof took on a player who had a relatively low defense, there was a great chance that the weaker grappler would end up tapping out. In Undisputed 2010, we decided to add a game changer into that mix: stamina and energy.

Think of stamina as your players gas tank and energy as your players gas. The more damage you take, the smaller your stamina (gas tank) gets. The more punches, kicks, and takedowns you throw, the more energy (gas) you use. If you went too hard or too fast, your player is at risk of getting fatigued. So how does this translate into a deeper submission system?

This year when you're being submitted and you have a relatively high energy level, no matter the size of your stamina bar, you're going to be conferred a defense bonus. Of course, a very low energy level is gonna hurt you when you try to escape an armbar, or, dare we say, the gogoplata.

However, if you're taking care to reserve your energy level and you see your opponent drop his gloves, start moving slowly, and become fatigued, you're going to gain a bonus to your sub offense and he's going to suffer a debuff when you take him to the mat. You might even throw in a sub switch to throw him off if your bringing your game.

Including these bonuses and debuffs in 2010 is going to bring an awesome level of realism and balance to your ground game, as players with a moderate submission defense and high energy can defend against what could have been an unescapable tap out last year. Employing the strategy that fighters like Damian Maia and Frank Mir bring to the Octagon was something we wanted to provide fans and newcomers alike. We look forward to seeing what you guys think when May 25th rolls around!
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