UFC 5 How to takedown your opponent

21 January 2024


Published: 21st January 10:31PM

UFC 5 Takedown Tactics: Mastering the Octagon with Takedowns, Denials, and Reversals

Want to dominate the ground game in UFC 5? This guide is your ultimate takedown arsenal, covering the most effective takedowns, smart denial strategies, and slick reversal techniques. Forget button mashing – learn how to strategically take down your opponent, shut down their attempts, and turn the tables for a ground game advantage.

Mastering the Takedown:

Performing takedowns in UFC 5 is quite a challenge based on the control scheme, but with some practice you’ll have it nailed down.

  • Double Leg Takedown: The classic, hold L2 + tap Triangle + Circle (PlayStation) or LT + tap Y + B (Xbox). Timing is key, and slams can add extra damage.
  • Power Double Leg: Hold L2 + hold Triangle + Circle (PlayStation) or LT + hold Y + B (Xbox) for a powerful slam.
  • Single Leg Takedown: Hold L2 + tap Square + X (PlayStation) or LT + tap X + A (Xbox). Aim for speed and surprise.
  • Single Leg Shot/Ankle Pick: Initiate from a distance with L2 + Square + X (PlayStation) or LT + X + A (Xbox).
  • Clinch Takedowns: Get up close with Square + X (PlayStation) or X + A (Xbox) then unleash your move – Ankle Pick (R1 + X) or Hip Toss (R1 + Circle).

Denying Take Downs:

  • Defensive Stance: Hold L2 + R2 (PlayStation) or LT + RT (Xbox) to anticipate and block takedowns, but stay aware of head strikes.
  • Read and React: Watch for the opponent’s telltale signs, then flick the L-stick in the opposite direction to deny the takedown at the last moment. Practice timing in the training mode!

Turning the Tables: Takedown Reversals:

  • Dominant Position Reversal: Before getting slammed, hold L2 + R2 + R1 (PlayStation) or LT + RT + RB (Xbox) to counter with a powerful throw or submission.
  • Submission Reversal: Feeling trapped? Hold L2 + R2 + L1 (PlayStation) or LT + RT + LB (Xbox) to escape with a slick submission attempt. Your fighter’s skillset determines the specific move, like a Judo specialist’s hip toss or a BJJ expert’s Guillotine choke.


  • Practice makes perfect! Hone your takedown skills, denial timing, and reversal reflexes in the training mode.
  • Study your opponent’s tendencies. Are they predictable with their takedowns? Exploit their weaknesses!
  • Adapt and improvise. Don’t rely on one takedown, mix it up and keep your opponent guessing.

With these UFC 5 takedown tactics, you’ll be unstoppable on the ground, taking control of the fight and claiming victory, one slam at a time!




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