Writing on video games by Steve Hernandez

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Before & After: UFC: Throwdown

Intro of the Gamecube version


  • August 29, 2000

Ultimate Fighting Championship is released on the Dreamcast. It's release occurred around the time the UFC was banned from cable pay-per view. This is usually called the "dark ages" of the UFC.


January 2001 

Zuffa LLC is founded in in Las VegasNevada, by Station Casinos executives Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta. The UFC is purchased from  Semaphore Entertainment Group. 

September 28, 2001

UFC 33 is held. It is considered one of the worst cards in the history of the promotion. 

December 6, 2001

The first demo of the game is shown just before UFC 33.


March 12, 2002

Crave announces a Gamecube version. The game's announcement happened on the 11th. 

March 26, 2002

IGN gets a playable demo of the game.

April 15 2002

Nintendo Report gets a preview of the GameCube version

May 10 2002

May 14, 2002

Crave announces that UFC 3 goes golden

May 20, 2002 

Crave stops by IGN’s offices and shows off the game. It’s nearly finished.

May 22, 2002 

Crave will show the Gamecube version of the game at E3 2002.

May 23rd 2002,

Nintendo report gets a hands on


June 3 2002

NA version of the game is released


PlayStation 2
  • NA: June 3, 2002
  • JP: August 1, 2002
  • PAL: September 6, 2002

June 05, 2002 

The game ships.

July 29,  2002

Gamecube version is released in NA. 

  • NA: July 29, 2002
  • JP: September 5, 2002
  • PAL: September 20, 200


July 30, 2002 

IGN reviews the GameCube version and gives it a 6.4


Aug 1, 2002 

Official PlayStation Magazine Vol. 59 is released. It contains a playable demo of the game and behind the scenes footage.

The official monthly PlayStation Underground demo disc, included in the Official PlayStation Magazine (US).
PLAYABLE :: Street Hoops; Taz: Wanted; Freekstyle; UFC: Throwdown; STUNTMAN; SledStorm; Britney's Dance Beat
VIDEO :: Mat Hoffman Pro BMX 2; Kingdom Hearts; Dragon's Lair 3D; Test Drive
FEATURES :: Virtua Fighter 4 (Behind The Scenes); UFC: Throwdown (Behind The Scenes); The Making of scea.com (featurette)
REPLAY :: Grand Theft Auto III (cool move); Maximo, Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (cool move); Max Payne (cool move); High Heat Major League Baseball (save file); SPLASHDOWN (save file)

September 1, 2002

Nintendo World Report reviews the Gamecube version. 7.2 

November 22. 2002

At UFC 40, Tito Ortiz (the fighter on the left side of the cover) defeats Ken Shamrock via KO/TKO at 5:00 of Round 3


January 30, 2003

 TDK Mediactive gains the right to publish UFC games. Their first game is UFC: Tapout 2.




Promotional Material

Crave Entertainment's "Beaties" Campaign. Printed around UFC 22.


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