UFC 4: Complete Controls Guide for PS4 and Xbox One

We've got ALL the stand-up fighting, clinch, grapple and ground and pound controls for UFC 4 on PS4 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 ControlsPS4Xbox One
Fighter MovementLL
Head MovementRR
TauntsD-padD-pad
Switch StanceR3R3

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)PS4Xbox One
Lead JabSquareX
Back CrossTriangleY
Lead HookL1 + SquareLB + X
Back HookL1 + TriangleLB + Y
Lead UppercutSquare + XX + A
Back UppercutTriangle + OY + B
Lead Leg KickXA
Back Leg KickCircleB
Lead Body KickL2 + XLT + A
Back Body KickL2 + OLT + B
Lead Head KickL1 + XLB + A
Back Head KickL1 + OLB + B
Body Strike ModifierL2LT
Strike ModifierL1 / R1 / L1 + R1LB / RB / LB + RB
Lead OverhandR1 + Square (hold)RB + X (hold)
Back OverhandR1 + Triangle (hold)RB + Y (hold)
High Block/Feint StrikeR2RT  
Low BlockL2 + R2LT + RT
Leg CatchL2 + R2 (timed)L2 + R2 (timed)
Minor LungeL (flick)L (flick)
Major LungeL1 + LLT + L
Pivot LungeL1 + RLT + R
Signature EvadeL1 + 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 StrikePS4Xbox One
Lead Question Mark KickL1 + X (hold)LB + A (hold)
Back Question Mark KickL1 + O (hold)LB + B (hold)
Lead Body Front KickL2 + R1 + X (tap)LT + RB + A (tap)
Back Body Front KickL2 + R1 + O (tap)LT + RB + B (tap)
Lead Spinning Heel KickL1 + R1 + Square (hold)LB + RB + X (hold)
Back Spinning Heel KickL1 + R1 + Triangle (hold)LB + RB + Y (hold)
Back Body Jump Spin KickL2 + X (hold)LT + Square (hold)
Lead Body Switch KickL2 + O (hold)LT + B (hold)
Lead Front KickR1 + X (tap)RB + A (tap)
Back Front KickR1 + O (tap)RB + B (tap)
Lead Leg Side KickL2 + R1 + Square (tap)LT + RB + X (tap)
Back Leg Oblique KickL2 + R1 + Triangle (tap)LT + RB + Y (tap)
Lead Body Spin Side KickL2 + L1 + X (hold)LT + LB + A (hold)
Back Body Spin Side KickL2 + L1 + O (hold)LT + LB + B (hold)
Lead Body Side KickL2 + L1 + X (tap)LT + LB + A (tap)
Back Body Side KickL2 + L1 + O (tap)LT + LB + B (tap)
Lead Head Side KickR1 + Square + X (tap)RB + X + A (tap)
Back Head Side KickR1 + Triangle + O (tap)RB + Y + B (tap)
Two-Touch Spinning Side KickL2 + R1 + Square (hold)LT + RB + X (hold)
Lead Jumping Switch KickR1 + O (hold)RB + B (hold)
Back Jumping Switch KickR1 + X (hold)RB + A (hold)
Back Head Spin Side KickL1 + R1 + X (hold)LB + RB + A (hold)
Lead Head Spin Side KickL1 + R1 + O (hold)LB + RB + B (hold)
Lead Crane KickR1 + O (hold)RB + B (hold)
Back Crane KickR1 + X (hold)RB + A (hold)
Lead Body Crane KickL2 + R1 + X (hold)LT + RB + A (hold)
Back Body Crane KickL2 + R1 + O (hold)LT + RB + B (hold)
Lead HookL1 + R1 + X (tap) LB + RB + A (tap)
Back HookL1 + R1 + O (tap)LB + RB + B (tap)
Lead ElbowR2 + Square (tap)RT + X (tap)
Back ElbowR2 + Triangle (tap)RT + Y (tap)
Lead Spinning ElbowR2 + Square (hold)RT + X (hold)
Back Spinning ElbowR2 + Triangle (hold)RT + Y (hold)
Lead Superman JabL1 + Square + X (tap)LB + X + A (tap)
Back Superman PunchL1 + Triangle + O (tap)LB + Y + B (tap)
Lead Tornado KickR1 + Square + X (hold)RB + X + A (hold)
Back Cartwheel KickR1 + Triangle + O (hold)RB + Y + B (hold)
Lead Axe KickL1 + R1 + X (tap) LB + RB + A (tap)
Back Axe KickL1 + R1 + O (tap)LB + RB + B (tap)
Lead Spinning BackfistL1 + R1 + Square (tap)LB + RB + X (tap)
Back Spinning BackfistL1 + R1 + Triangle (tap)LB + RB + Y (tap)
Ducking RoundhouseR1 + Triangle + O (tap)RB + Y + B (tap)
Lead Jumping RoundhouseL1 + Square + X (hold)LB + X + A (hold)
Back Jumping RoundhouseL1 + Triangle + O (hold)LB + Y + B (hold)
Body Handplant RoundhouseL2 + R1 + Triangle (hold) LT + RB + Y (hold)
Lead KneeR2 + X (tap)RT + A (tap)
Back KneeR2 + O (tap)RT + B (tap)
Lead Flying Switch KneeR2 + X (hold)RT + A (hold)
Lead Flying KneeR2 + 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 TakedownsPS4Xbox One
Single LegL2 + SquareLT + X
Double LegL2 + TriangleLT + Y
Power Single Leg TakedownL2 + L1 + SquareLT + LB + X
Power Double Leg TakedownL2 + L1 + TriangleLT + LB + Y
Driving TakedownsL (left, up, right)L (left, up, right)
Defend Driving TakedownsL (match opponent)L (match opponent)
Single Collar ClinchR1 + SquareRB + X
Defend TakedownL2 + R2LT + RT
Defend ClinchR (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 GrapplingPS4Xbox One
Advanced Transition/GNP ModifierL1 + R (any direction)LB + R (any direction)
Grapple StickRR
Get UpL (flick upwards)L (flick upwards)
SubmissionL (flick left)L (flick left)
Ground and PoundL (flick right)L (flick right)
Grapple Assist AlternateL1 + R (up, left, right)LB + R (up, left, right)
Defend Transitions, Sweeps, and Get UpsR2 + R (up, left, or right)RT + R (up, left, or right)
ReversalsR2 + R (any direction)RT + R (any direction)
TransitionRR
Advanced PositionsL1 + RLB + R
Submission AttemptsL2 + RLT + R
Head MovementR (left and right)R (left and right)
Post DefenseL1 + 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 ControlPS4Xbox One
Head MovementR (left and right)R (left and right)
High BlockR2 (tap)RT (tap) 
Low BlockL2 +R2 (tap) LT + RT (tap)
Body ModifierL2 (tap)LT (tap)
Defense PostL1 + R (left and right)L1 + R (left and right)
Lead Body KneeX (tap)A (tap)
Back Body KneeO (tap)B (tap)
Lead ElbowL1 + R1 + Square (tap)LB + RB + X (tap)
Back ElbowL1 + R1 + Triangle (tap)LB + RB + Y (tap)
Lead StraightSquare (tap)X (tap)
Back StraightTriangle (tap)Y (tap)
Lead HookL1 + Square (tap)LB + X (tap)
Back HookL1 + 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

ClinchPS4Xbox One
Takedown/Submission ModifierL2LT
Advanced Transition ModifierL1LB
Rotate, Push and Pull Opponent / Transitions on CageLL
Grapple StickRR
Lead PunchSquareX
Back PunchTriangleY
Lead Leg KneeXA
Back Leg KneeOB
Lead Body KneeL2 + X (tap)LT + A (tap)
Back Body KneeL2 + O (tap)LT + B (tap)
Lead Head KneeL1 + X (tap)LB + A (tap)
Back Head KneeL1 + O (tap)LB + B (tap)
Strike ModifierR1RB
High BlockR2RT
Low BlockL2 + R2LT + RT
Single/Double Leg ModifierL (flick)L (Flick)
Advance PositionR1 + Square R1 + TriangleRB + X RB + Y
Trip/ThrowR1 + X / R1 + CircleRB + A / RB + B
SubmissionsL2 + R1 + Square/Triangle  LT + RB + X/Y
Defend Takedowns/Trips/ThrowsL2 + R2LT + RT
Defend SubmissionR2RT
Single/Double Leg Defense ModifierL (flick)L (flick)
Defend Flying SubmissionsR2RT
Flying SubmissionsL2 + R1 + Square/Triangle (tap)LT + RB + X/Y (tap)
Clinch EscapeL (flick left)L (flick left)
Lead HookL1 + Square (tap)LB + X (tap)
Back HookL1 + Triangle (tap)LB + Y (tap)
Lead UppercutSquare + X (tap)X + A (tap)
Back UppercutTriangle + O (tap)Y + B (tap)
Lead ElbowL1 + R1 + Square (tap)LB + RB + X (tap)
Back ElbowL1 + 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

SubmissionPS4Xbox One
Securing the SubmissionMove between L2+R2 depending on the scenarioMove 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 SubmissionMove between L2+R2 depending on the scenarioMove 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 SquareY, B, A, or X
Slam (while submitting, when prompted)Triangle, O, X, or SquareY, B, A, or X
Flying Triangle (from over-under clinch)L2+R1+TriangleLT+RB+Y
Back Rear-Naked Choke (from clinch)L2+R1+Square / TriangleLT+RB+X / Y
Standing Guillotine (from single-under clinch)L2+R1+Square, Square/TriangleLT+RB+X, X/Y
Flying Omoplata (from over-under clinch)L2+R1+SquareLT+RB+X
Flying Armbar (from collar tie clinch)L2+R1+Square/TriangleLT+RB+X/Y
Von Flue Choke (when prompted during opponent’s attempt to Guillotine Choke from Full Guard)Triangle, O, X, or SquareY, 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


Steven Rae

Steven is an avid gamer and enjoys mixing his love of sports with the world of gaming. On top of writing for Outsider Gaming, he focuses on the combat sports world, where he is known as both a journalist and analyst.

Comments

DMCA.com Protection Status