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Job listing closed on 26 Mar 2024

Strength & Conditioning Manager - UFC Performance Institute, Mexico City

🇲🇽 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Full Time
5+ years exp.

Who We Are:

UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 688 million fans and 211 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly 900 million TV households across more than 170 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 75 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC is owned by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok: @UFC.Endeavor is a global sports and entertainment company, home to the world’s most dynamic and engaging storytellers, brands, live events and experiences. The company is comprised of industry leaders including entertainment agency WME; sports, fashion, events and media company IMG; and premier mixed martial arts organization UFC. The Endeavor network specializes in talent representation, sports operations & advisory, event & experiences management, media production & distribution, experiential marketing and brand licensing.

The Role and What You’ll Do:

The UFC Performance Institute (UFCPI) is the world’s first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) multi-disciplinary research, innovation, and training center, and is globally recognized for the performance infrastructures it provides to UFC and UFC Academy athletes. With world-class facilities in Las Vegas and Shanghai, and further global expansion in Mexico City in 2023, the mission of the UFCPI is to promote performance-enhancement through the delivery of world-class coaching, sport science, and medical services to the world’s best MMA and combat athletes. The core values of the UFCPI are aligned to maximizing the health and wellbeing of UFC athletes and to support fighters and coaches in optimizing their training, preparation, and ultimately performances in the octagon.

The successful candidate for this role will join a world-class interdisciplinary team of service providers with a proven track record of delivering world-leading support services to MMA and other professional athletes. The role will be integral in supporting the delivery of core services to UFC Academy athletes in Mexico and throughout Latin America, as well as wider business-related initiatives on a global scale. The UFC Performance Institute encourages innovative ways of thinking and challenges team members to be accountable for their professional standards of care while providing robust links to measurable performance outcomes in all that they do.

Aligned with the overall strategy of the UFC Performance Institute on a global scale, the Strength & Conditioning Manager will assume a leadership role in the physical preparation of athletes to develop the UFC Performance Institute as the leading training institution in performance, welfare, and research for MMA and combat sports. This role will assist the Director - Strength & Conditioning for the UFC Performance Institute in providing elite-level coaching and consultation, aimed at improving athletic performance within the UFCPI Mexico City through the development, implementation, and evaluation of strength and conditioning programs. The Strength & Conditioning Manager will lead all aspect of Strength & Conditioning services locally in Mexico City, including (but not limited to) the UFC Academy, UFC rostered athletes and external partners. This role will collaborate daily with UFCPI team members, most notably the Technical Director - MMA, to ensure the effective operation of the UFC Academy and MMA talent-development pathway.

  • Work with the Director of Strength & Conditioning to improve athlete performance through the development, implementation, and evaluation of elite-level strength and conditioning programs that reflect scientific principles as they relate to adaptation, periodization, peaking, tapering, and injury rehabilitation.
  • Deliver individual and group-based strength and conditioning sessions to world-class MMA fighters and athletes.
  • Develop third-party consultant relationships and form strategic partnerships with industry leaders in strength & conditioning.
  • Develop and implement support systems to aid in athlete assessments, data collection and management.
  • Strive to develop novel and innovative methodologies that serve to create world-leading working practices in the field of combat sport-specific strength and conditioning.
  • Ensure that the delivery of strength and conditioning services effectively meet their commitment to athletes and coaches.
  • Maintain a comprehensive, indexed database of work conducted with athletes and coaches.
  • Work with other support staff to deliver an interdisciplinary approach to performance development.
  • Where appropriate identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods to inform and educate athletes, coaches, and the Senior Vice President of Performance in the effective use of strength & conditioning for MMA.
  • Operate and maintain a world-class strength & conditioning facility.
  • Participate in ad hoc projects and or applied research across the organization as appropriate.
  • Deliver strength and conditioning services to third party organizations that utilize the UFCPI services, including professional sport teams, national governing bodies, and other sporting organizations as required.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of UFCPI educational, certification, and learning materials.
  • Attend national and regional meetings and workshops, training courses and visiting national and regional sites on occasion and as appropriate.
  • Within the rules of professional confidentiality, liaise with athletes, primary care managers, coaches and other support staff as appropriate
  • Any other duties as may be requested.

You Have These:

  • Post Graduate Degree in Exercise Science, Strength & Conditioning, Coaching, or another related curriculum required.
  • 5+ years of experience working in applied settings as a strength and conditioning coach, physical preparation coach, or performance specialist.
  • Professional Certification, accreditation, or awards within the field of strength & conditioning (e.g., CSCS, ASCC, ASCA Level II, CES, and PES).
  • Previous experience working effectively in high-performance sporting environments with elite-level athletes and coaches.
  • Strong leadership qualities and the ability to work in a structured and organized fashion.
  • Experience in leading others and/or the direction of a strength & conditioning department or services.
  • Understanding of the demands of the MMA sport (i.e. physical, physiology, gender-specific, weight categories, weight management, travel requirements, etc.).
  • Understanding of existing evidence-based research, and the implementation of new research areas to enhance the sport, athletes, and coaches.
  • Must have excellent communication skills in English and Spanish both verbally and in writing.

We’d Love If You Also Have These:

  • Personal or professional experience in combat or contact sport


There are limited travel requirements with this role, with the exception of one-off trips relating to UFCPI strategy and business development.

How we work:

Endeavor is at the center of sports, media, entertainment, and fashion and is a largely relationship-based business. To foster an environment of collaboration, develop our future talent, and build on relationships across leadership, peers, and teams, we work from the office 5 days a week. We see immeasurable value internally and throughout the core of the businesses we support.

Don’t meet every single requirement? We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Endeavor unites and brings people together in our love of sport, culture, and entertainment. We understand this can only be accomplished when we lead with a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. As a global company that drives culture, we strive to reflect the world’s diverse voices.  

Endeavor is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religion or belief.