UFC 4: Complete Controls Guide for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox One

We’ve got ALL the stand-up fighting, clinch, grapple and ground and pound controls for UFC 4 on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox One.

UFC 4: Complete Controls Guide for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox One

In recent weeks, EA developers have confirmed that the focal point for UFC 4 was to create a smoother experience for players; due to this, the clinch has become far easier and is now a critical element of every exhibition bout.

Along with the fully updated clinch controls, you will find everything that you need to know about the game’s controls, whether that be in the striking department or grappling, in this guide.

Here’s what you need to know for the UFC 4 controls.

In the UFC 4 striking controls below, L and R represent the left and right analogue sticks on either console controller. The controls of L3 and R3 are triggered by pressing the left or right analogue.

UFC 4 Stand-up Movement Controls

These are the general movement controls that you need to know for moving your fighter around in the octagon while they’re still on their feet.

Stand-up Fighting Controls PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Fighter Movement L L
Head Movement R R
Taunts D-pad D-pad
Switch Stance R3 R3

UFC 4 Striking Attack and Defense Controls  

If you want to exchange strikes with your opponent, you’ll need to know how to throw the attacks as well as defend against the potential knockout blows.

READ MORE: UFC 4: Complete Striking Guide, Tips and Tricks for Stand-up Fighting

Striking (Attack and Defense) PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Lead Jab Square X
Back Cross Triangle Y
Lead Hook L1 + Square LB + X
Back Hook L1 + Triangle LB + Y
Lead Uppercut Square + X X + A
Back Uppercut Triangle + O Y + B
Lead Leg Kick X A
Back Leg Kick Circle B
Lead Body Kick L2 + X LT + A
Back Body Kick L2 + O LT + B
Lead Head Kick L1 + X LB + A
Back Head Kick L1 + O LB + B
Body Strike Modifier L2 LT
Strike Modifier L1 / R1 / L1 + R1 LB / RB / LB + RB
Lead Overhand R1 + Square (hold) RB + X (hold)
Back Overhand R1 + Triangle (hold) RB + Y (hold)
High Block/Feint Strike R2 RT  
Low Block L2 + R2 LT + RT
Leg Catch L2 + R2 (timed) L2 + R2 (timed)
Minor Lunge L (flick) L (flick)
Major Lunge L1 + L LT + L
Pivot Lunge L1 + R LT + R
Signature Evade L1 + L (flick) LT + L (flick)

UFC 4 Advanced Striking Controls

Looking to add a little more flair to your strike game? See if your fighter can pull off these incredible moves.

In the controls below, you’ll find out how to do the superman punch, jumping roundhouse, tornado kick, spinning elbow, flying knee, and all of the other flashy moves that you’ve seen in the octagon.

Advanced Strike PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Lead Question Mark Kick L1 + X (hold) LB + A (hold)
Back Question Mark Kick L1 + O (hold) LB + B (hold)
Lead Body Front Kick L2 + R1 + X (tap) LT + RB + A (tap)
Back Body Front Kick L2 + R1 + O (tap) LT + RB + B (tap)
Lead Spinning Heel Kick L1 + R1 + Square (hold) LB + RB + X (hold)
Back Spinning Heel Kick L1 + R1 + Triangle (hold) LB + RB + Y (hold)
Back Body Jump Spin Kick L2 + X (hold) LT + Square (hold)
Lead Body Switch Kick L2 + O (hold) LT + B (hold)
Lead Front Kick R1 + X (tap) RB + A (tap)
Back Front Kick R1 + O (tap) RB + B (tap)
Lead Leg Side Kick L2 + R1 + Square (tap) LT + RB + X (tap)
Back Leg Oblique Kick L2 + R1 + Triangle (tap) LT + RB + Y (tap)
Lead Body Spin Side Kick L2 + L1 + X (hold) LT + LB + A (hold)
Back Body Spin Side Kick L2 + L1 + O (hold) LT + LB + B (hold)
Lead Body Side Kick L2 + L1 + X (tap) LT + LB + A (tap)
Back Body Side Kick L2 + L1 + O (tap) LT + LB + B (tap)
Lead Head Side Kick R1 + Square + X (tap) RB + X + A (tap)
Back Head Side Kick R1 + Triangle + O (tap) RB + Y + B (tap)
Two-Touch Spinning Side Kick L2 + R1 + Square (hold) LT + RB + X (hold)
Lead Jumping Switch Kick R1 + O (hold) RB + B (hold)
Back Jumping Switch Kick R1 + X (hold) RB + A (hold)
Back Head Spin Side Kick L1 + R1 + X (hold) LB + RB + A (hold)
Lead Head Spin Side Kick L1 + R1 + O (hold) LB + RB + B (hold)
Lead Crane Kick R1 + O (hold) RB + B (hold)
Back Crane Kick R1 + X (hold) RB + A (hold)
Lead Body Crane Kick L2 + R1 + X (hold) LT + RB + A (hold)
Back Body Crane Kick L2 + R1 + O (hold) LT + RB + B (hold)
Lead Hook L1 + R1 + X (tap)  LB + RB + A (tap)
Back Hook L1 + R1 + O (tap) LB + RB + B (tap)
Lead Elbow R2 + Square (tap) RT + X (tap)
Back Elbow R2 + Triangle (tap) RT + Y (tap)
Lead Spinning Elbow R2 + Square (hold) RT + X (hold)
Back Spinning Elbow R2 + Triangle (hold) RT + Y (hold)
Lead Superman Jab L1 + Square + X (tap) LB + X + A (tap)
Back Superman Punch L1 + Triangle + O (tap) LB + Y + B (tap)
Lead Tornado Kick R1 + Square + X (hold) RB + X + A (hold)
Back Cartwheel Kick R1 + Triangle + O (hold) RB + Y + B (hold)
Lead Axe Kick L1 + R1 + X (tap)  LB + RB + A (tap)
Back Axe Kick L1 + R1 + O (tap) LB + RB + B (tap)
Lead Spinning Backfist L1 + R1 + Square (tap) LB + RB + X (tap)
Back Spinning Backfist L1 + R1 + Triangle (tap) LB + RB + Y (tap)
Ducking Roundhouse R1 + Triangle + O (tap) RB + Y + B (tap)
Lead Jumping Roundhouse L1 + Square + X (hold) LB + X + A (hold)
Back Jumping Roundhouse L1 + Triangle + O (hold) LB + Y + B (hold)
Body Handplant Roundhouse L2 + R1 + Triangle (hold)  LT + RB + Y (hold)
Lead Knee R2 + X (tap) RT + A (tap)
Back Knee R2 + O (tap) RT + B (tap)
Lead Flying Switch Knee R2 + X (hold) RT + A (hold)
Lead Flying Knee R2 + O (hold) RT + B (hold)

UFC 4 Grappling Takedown Controls

Fancy taking the battle to the ground, or need to know how to defend against a grapple-happy foe? These are the grappling controls that you need to know.

Grappling Takedowns PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Single Leg L2 + Square LT + X
Double Leg L2 + Triangle LT + Y
Power Single Leg Takedown L2 + L1 + Square LT + LB + X
Power Double Leg Takedown L2 + L1 + Triangle LT + LB + Y
Driving Takedowns L (left, up, right) L (left, up, right)
Defend Driving Takedowns L (match opponent) L (match opponent)
Single Collar Clinch R1 + Square RB + X
Defend Takedown L2 + R2 LT + RT
Defend Clinch R (flick any direction) R (flick any direction)

UFC 4 Ground Grappling Controls

Many of the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time have earned their place by mastering the ground game. It’s a necessary part of UFC 4 combat, so be sure to know how to manage the contest should it go to the mat.

READ MORE: UFC 4: Complete Takedown Guide, Tips and Tricks for Takedowns

Ground Grappling PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Advanced Transition/GNP Modifier L1 + R (any direction) LB + R (any direction)
Grapple Stick R R
Get Up L (flick upwards) L (flick upwards)
Submission L (flick left) L (flick left)
Ground and Pound L (flick right) L (flick right)
Grapple Assist Alternate L1 + R (up, left, right) LB + R (up, left, right)
Defend Transitions, Sweeps, and Get Ups R2 + R (up, left, or right) RT + R (up, left, or right)
Reversals R2 + R (any direction) RT + R (any direction)
Transition R R
Advanced Positions L1 + R LB + R
Submission Attempts L2 + R LT + R
Head Movement R (left and right) R (left and right)
Post Defense L1 + R (left and right) LB + R (left and right)

UFC 4 Ground and Pound Controls

Once you’ve sent your opponent to the mat, it’s time for the ground and pound controls to come into play.

Equally, if you find your fighter needing to defend themselves on the mat, the UFC 4 ground and pound defense controls are also listed below.

Ground and Pound Control PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Head Movement R (left and right) R (left and right)
High Block R2 (tap) RT (tap) 
Low Block L2 +R2 (tap)  LT + RT (tap)
Body Modifier L2 (tap) LT (tap)
Defense Post L1 + R (left and right) L1 + R (left and right)
Lead Body Knee X (tap) A (tap)
Back Body Knee O (tap) B (tap)
Lead Elbow L1 + R1 + Square (tap) LB + RB + X (tap)
Back Elbow L1 + R1 + Triangle (tap) LB + RB + Y (tap)
Lead Straight Square (tap) X (tap)
Back Straight Triangle (tap) Y (tap)
Lead Hook L1 + Square (tap) LB + X (tap)
Back Hook L1 + Triangle (tap) LB + Y (tap)

UFC 4 Clinching Controls

The clinch has become an essential part of UFC 4, so you’ll need to get to grips with these clinching controls.

READ MORE: UFC 4: Complete Clinch Guide, Tips and Tricks to Clinching

Clinch PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Takedown/Submission Modifier L2 LT
Advanced Transition Modifier L1 LB
Rotate, Push and Pull Opponent / Transitions on Cage L L
Grapple Stick R R
Lead Punch Square X
Back Punch Triangle Y
Lead Leg Knee X A
Back Leg Knee O B
Lead Body Knee L2 + X (tap) LT + A (tap)
Back Body Knee L2 + O (tap) LT + B (tap)
Lead Head Knee L1 + X (tap) LB + A (tap)
Back Head Knee L1 + O (tap) LB + B (tap)
Strike Modifier R1 RB
High Block R2 RT
Low Block L2 + R2 LT + RT
Single/Double Leg Modifier L (flick) L (Flick)
Advance Position R1 + Square R1 + Triangle RB + X RB + Y
Trip/Throw R1 + X / R1 + Circle RB + A / RB + B
Submissions L2 + R1 + Square/Triangle   LT + RB + X/Y
Defend Takedowns/Trips/Throws L2 + R2 LT + RT
Defend Submission R2 RT
Single/Double Leg Defense Modifier L (flick) L (flick)
Defend Flying Submissions R2 RT
Flying Submissions L2 + R1 + Square/Triangle (tap) LT + RB + X/Y (tap)
Clinch Escape L (flick left) L (flick left)
Lead Hook L1 + Square (tap) LB + X (tap)
Back Hook L1 + Triangle (tap) LB + Y (tap)
Lead Uppercut Square + X (tap) X + A (tap)
Back Uppercut Triangle + O (tap) Y + B (tap)
Lead Elbow L1 + R1 + Square (tap) LB + RB + X (tap)
Back Elbow L1 + R1 + Triangle (tap) LB + RB + Y (tap)

UFC 4 Submissions Controls

Ready to move from a clinch into a submission attempt on UFC 4? These are the controls that you need to know.

Read More: UFC 4: Complete Submissions Guide, Tips and Tricks for Submitting Your Opponent

Submission PS4 / PS5 Controls Xbox One / Series X Controls
Securing the Submission Move between L2+R2 depending on the scenario Move between LT+RT depending on the scenario
Armbar (full guard) L2+L (flick down) LT+L (flick down)
Kimura (half guard) L2+L (flick left) LT+L (flick left)
Armbar (top mount) L (flick left) L (flick left)
Kimura (side control) L (flick left) L (flick left)
Securing the Submission Move between L2+R2 depending on the scenario Move between LT+RT depending on the scenario
Armbar (full guard) L2+L (flick down) LT+L (flick down)
Guillotine (full guard) L2+L (flick upwards) LT+L (flick upwards)
Arm Triangle (half guard) L (flick left) L (flick left)
Rear-Naked Choke (back mount) L2+L (flick down) LT+L (flick down)
North-South Choke (north-south) L (flick left) L (flick left)
Striking (when prompted) Triangle, O, X, or Square Y, B, A, or X
Slam (while submitting, when prompted) Triangle, O, X, or Square Y, B, A, or X
Flying Triangle (from over-under clinch) L2+R1+Triangle LT+RB+Y
Back Rear-Naked Choke (from clinch) L2+R1+Square / Triangle LT+RB+X / Y
Standing Guillotine (from single-under clinch) L2+R1+Square, Square/Triangle LT+RB+X, X/Y
Flying Omoplata (from over-under clinch) L2+R1+Square LT+RB+X
Flying Armbar (from collar tie clinch) L2+R1+Square/Triangle LT+RB+X/Y
Von Flue Choke (when prompted during opponent’s attempt to Guillotine Choke from Full Guard) Triangle, O, X, or Square Y, B, A, or X

The UFC 4 controls feature a great many moves for you to pull in attack and defense: master them all to conquer the mixed martial arts game.

Looking for More UFC 4 Guides?

UFC 4: Complete Clinch Guide, Tips and Tricks to Clinching

UFC 4: Complete Submissions Guide, Tips and Tricks for Submitting Your Opponent

UFC 4: Complete Striking Guide, Tips and Tricks for Stand-up Fighting

UFC 4: Complete Grapple Guide, Tips and Tricks to Grappling

UFC 4: Complete Takedown Guide, Tips and Tricks for Takedowns

UFC 4: Best Combinations Guide, Tips and Tricks for Combos

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