A little late to the party here but I finally decided to buy a PS4 and EA UFC. Instantly regretted it. I can honestly say I don't like a single thing about this game. The striking is clunky. I'll time a perfectly good counter but the punch will miss completely somehow, even though I'm well within range. Kicks have my fighter stumbling all over the place because they'll get interrupted mid animation. The grappling is even worse. Blocking transitions has become way to hard now so you can't really hold a guy down and beat him up anymore. Only a matter of time before their 'get up' spam prevails. And I'd say this is the worst submission minigame to date. Much preferred the Undisputed and EA MMA ones.
All in all, worst UFC game of recent memory. The only time this game is fun with when I'm playing with friends, but most games are better with friends so that doesn't say much.