As the competitive fighting game season enters the fall months, one of France’s Premier tournaments looms on the horizon: Ultimate Fighting Arena 2019 promises to kick off October with a slew of fighting game action in the City of Lights, complete with a series of official circuits and generous prize pool.
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Dates & Venue
This year’s Ultimate Fighting Arena will throw down in Paris, France, at Châteauform' Les Docks de Paris (The Docks of Paris), Dock Haussmann. Taking place from 4PM on Friday, October 4 - 6 PM Sunday, October 6, the action-packed weekend will sport a 24-hour venue - meaning that players can get in sets at all hours of the night, if they so choose.
What Games Will Be Featured At UFA 2019?
This year’s UFA features eleven fighting game titles for competitive play, as listed below:
- Street Fighter V
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Tekken 7
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Dead or Alive 6
- Soul Calibur VI
- Samurai Shodown
- The King of Fighters XIV
- Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
That’s not all: four competitive circuits have also made their way to UFA, giving players the chance to earn important points to rise in the ranks of official tours. These circuits are listed as follows:
- Capcom Pro Tour Ranking Event
- Tekken World Tour Dojo Event
- Dead or Alive 6 World Championship
- MK International Kombat
Here are the brackets for this events:
Street Fighter V
Mortal Kombat 11
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Dead or Alive 6
Soul Calibur VI
The King of Fighters XIV
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
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UFA’s official website has provided a handy graphic for the tournament’s schedule, which slates SFV, Tekken 7, and DBFZ Top 8 for Sunday, October 6, alongside KOF XIV and UNIST singles. A full schedule for the entire weekend can be viewed below, courtesy of UFA:
With four official tournament circuits taking place at UFA, fans of MK 11, DoA 6, SFV, and Tekken 7 can tune in via the games’ official Twitch channels, although further streaming information has yet to be revealed at the time of writing.
What Can Fans Expect From This Year’s UFA?
Last year’s Ultimate Fighting Arena saw a breakout performance from the UAE’s Amjad “Angrybird” Alshalabi, who took the SFV championship against NVD | Momi with Zeku in a jaw-dropping turn of events. With Zeku making two more appearances at EVO 2019, it looks like the Bushinryu specialist is continuing to make a splash a year later - and with AngryBird himself in 12th place in the CPT’s Global Rankings, he could very well turn the tides of battle, yet again.
Goichi “Go1” Kishida likewise made waves at UFA 2018, taking a Dragon Ball for himself against America’s HookGangGod. With Go1 on a tear once more (having taken five out of seven events on the DBFZ World Tour), UFA 2019 could mark yet another jewel in his crown - and another stellar performance from 18-year-old “WaWa,” a French native who has already taken two Dragon Ball FighterZ events this year.
With just a week remaining until UFA weekend arrives, fans and competitors alike are waiting with bated breath for the upcoming competition. Who do you hope comes out on top? Only time will tell, and it’s quickly counting down to Paris’ premier fighting game tournament of the season!