UFC Undisputed 3 is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting game based on the real-life sports with licensed fighters from the UFC and (now-defunct) PRIDE organizations. It is the follow-up to UFC Undisputed 2010 and the third main game in the series.
In the main Career mode players create a custom character and progress through training sessions and matches to become famous. From the main menu it is possible to schedule fights, do training or camp sessions, prepare a game plan, read news, and follow the rankings. In the different training sessions specific skills or attributes can be chosen to practice and improve. Characters are defined through general information, one of the seven weight classes (with the four main statistics being strength, speed, cardio and footwork), physical appearance, and martial arts background. The latter includes boxing, karate, muay thai, kickboxing, wrestling, judo, sambo, jiu-jitsu, and mma. Fighting is divided over three different stances – standup, clinch, and ground – with different skills and moves for each one. By winning matches “fight purse cred” is earned. This currency can be used to sign up for camps where new moves can be learned. Fights are generally over when one of the players is on the ground and no longer has the strength to defend himself, and the referee intervenes.
Next to the Career mode Title Mode, Title Defense, and Ultimate Fights have returned, along with the new Pride mode. Pride has different round times (a long ten minutes for the first one for instance) and introduces a number of moves that are not allowed in UFC such as head stomps and kicking an opponent when he is down. In Pride there is also a Grand Prix with multiple matches in a single night where the damage is carried over. The game has been made more accessible through the option to choose between Amateur and Pro grappling controls. The first makes ground transitions easier for new players. Other novelties and updates include a new submission and stamina system, fighter entrances, damage recovery between rounds, and various new and tweaked moves.
The game can be played in multiplayer both locally and online. Additional fighters are made available through DLC along with a full season pass to combine the different releases. During the menus and fighting, FMV clips are shown with scenes from fights and interviews with real fighters.