As with any sports video game, one of the most popular game modes is Career Mode, and the same can be said for UFC 4. However, similar to these other titles, one of the most important aspects to consider when you’re building up your player or fighter is longevity. Put simply, if your goal is to become the greatest of all time in your respective sport, attrition should be your number one priority.
Longevity is essential in UFC 4 because to become the GOAT, you will need to capture at least two UFC belts, break six performance records, and break two promotional records. In other words, you will need to maximize the length of your career to give your fighter the best chance to accomplish this incredible feat. Here’s everything you need to know about longevity in UFC 4.
What is Longevity in UFC 4?
Longevity is an indicator of how much damage you took in a fight in UFC 4.
After each fight you complete throughout your career in UFC 4, you will be taken to a screen that summarizes your previous match, showing the ‘tale of the tape.’ However, it will also detail other aspects such as your Evolution Points, Popularity, and Longevity.
The Longevity portion refers to how much damage you took in that fight and displays the accumulative damage your fighter has taken since they first stepped into the octagon. Once you’ve filled that meter up, you will essentially be forced to hang up the gloves and take a seat next to Chael Sonnen in the Fox Sports broadcast studio. Fighters lose a base amount of longevity every fight, regardless of match duration.
How you approach your career going into fights, and the mentality you have when you’re dueling it out in the octagon, are pivotal things to consider when it comes down to longevity. You obviously want to establish your dominance against your opponent by handing out physical punishment, but you also want to ensure that your career lasts as long as possible. So, you will need to find a fine balance between physicality and longevity, much like real-life athletes.
However, it is worth noting that regardless of how you fight in the octagon, your career will max out at 40 fights in the UFC. So, even if you take on little to no damage for the majority of your career, your overall career damage will decrease dramatically once you close in on the last four or five fights.
Still, all it takes is one brutal knockout to derail your career, so longevity should always be a consideration every time you step into the octagon.