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Job listing closed on 19 Jan 2024

Technical Director, MMA - 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 planned in Mexico City in 2023, the mission of the UFCPI is to promote performance-enhancement through the delivery of world-class coaching, 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.

The Technical Director - MMA will be responsible for creating, leading, and delivering MMA skills training of all disciplines to UFC Performance Institute Academy fighters in Mexico City, as well as contracted UFC fighters and potentially world-class athletes from other sports. This role will direct the MMA coaching staff and ensure the development and delivery of a holistic MMA curriculum that is inclusive of all constituent fighting styles and techniques. They will also be responsible for working with the UFCPI interdisciplinary staff to ensure optimal delivery of supplementary performance services to athletes.

  • Provide leadership and direction to a team of MMA and sport-specific coaches in all aspects of athlete development and the improvement of athlete technical competency.
  • Contribute to developing and delivering a comprehensive MMA curriculum to UFC Performance Institute academy athletes, as well as other UFC fighters and athletes.
  • Design session plans and coach MMA practices of every type and style.
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to identify best practices for delivering MMA training sessions as part of a holistic high-performance program.
  • Work with Mexican and other Latin American coaches and translators to ensure athletes are fully engaged and understanding of training principles, technical and tactical requirements, and expectations relating to performance standards.
  • Provide corner support to Academy athletes in MMA competition.
  • Travel to outside MMA gyms throughout Mexico and Latin America to promote wider community relationships, deliver clinics and seminars, as well as oversee the delivery of MMA clinics at the UFCPI.
  • Hold pads for athletes and participate in technical drills with athletes of all sizes and backgrounds.
  • Lead the delivery of talent identification initiatives (including the UFC Academy Combine), talent development activities, talent transfer, and ultimately the transition of athletes from the UFC Academy system into UFC competition from Mexico and the wider Latin America territory.
  • Maintain a comprehensive, indexed database of athlete performance records and any associated progress reports.
  • Facilitate UFC Performance Institute inter-disciplinary communications as directed by the Senior Vice President - UFC Performance Institute and the Vice President - Athlete Development.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of UFCPI educational, certification, and learning materials.
  • Contribute to additional tasks, projects, and responsibilities relating to the success and ongoing development of the UFCPI Mexico and the global UFCPI infrastructure.
  • Promote the performance and commercial interests of the UFCPI Mexico within Mexico and greater Latin America.
  • Work with non-UFC or Academy athletes in an appropriate capacity as required.

You Have These:

  • At least five years’ experience coaching athletes that compete professionally in MMA or other combat sports.
  • Experience in providing corner support in a high-level combat sports or MMA competition.
  • A proven track record of coaching MMA fighters to success in various promotions at the professional level.
  • Minimum one-year experience as head coach.
  • Must be skilled in at least one martial art, with a holistic knowledge of multiple martial arts.
  • Experience working effectively with athletes and coaches.
  • Demonstrable proficiency with computer programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint etc. and the ability to learn other software programs.
  • Must have familiarity with the sport of MMA, including official rules, network of athletes and coaches, reputable gyms, and the overall culture of the sport.
  • Must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills.
  • Must have excellent communication skills in English and Spanish both verbally and in writing.

We’d Love If You Also Have These:

  • Experience competing in professional fighting, combat sports, or having MMA experience


This role is expected to travel up to 20% of the time. Will be required travel at certain times in support of athletes competing, promoting community engagement, undertaking talent searches, or delivering workshops and clinics. Some travel to UFC Head Quarters in Las Vegas may also be required.

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.