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Director, Performance – UFC Shanghai PI

Director, Performance – UFC Shanghai PI

Zuffa, LLC

UFC Performance Institute — Shanghai

Reports to
VP, Performance — UFC Performance Institute

Position Summary

Aligned with the overall strategy of the UFC and the UFC Performance Institute (UFCPI) the Director, Performance will lead the development and implementation of all performance aspects within the UFCPI, Shanghai. This role will work closely with the VP, Performance, UFCPI to develop China’s leading training institution in terms of performance, welfare, and research into MMA and combat sports.


  1. Assumes a leadership role of the UFCPI – Shanghai.
  2. Develops third-party consultant relationships. Forms strategic partnerships with industry leaders in performance.
  3. Develops and implements support systems to aid in athlete assessments, and data collection and management.
  4. Cultivates relationships with athletes, coaches, and gyms to distribute evidence-based relevant information.
  5. Establishes performance protocols.
  6. Establishes agreed-upon performance metric targets.
  7. Performs on-going training with athletes, coaches, and UFCPI staff members to ensure continued professional development and adherence to professional codes of conduct.
  8. Performs other tasks, projects, and responsibilities to establish a world class performance facility.

Skills and Experience

  1. Post Graduate Degree in Exercise Science or other related curriculum required. PhD preferred.
  2. 7+ years of high-level technical management experience in science, research, and strength and conditioning fields.
  3. Certification as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and/or Performance
    Enhancement Specialist (PES).
  4. Previous experience leading a high performance environment with elite athletes and coaches.
  5. Personal or professional experience in combat or contact sport is preferred, but not required.
  6. Understanding of the demands of MMA (i.e. physical, physiology, gender-specific, weight categories, weight management, travel requirements, etc.).
  7. Understanding of existing evidence-based research, and the implementation of new research areas to enhance the sport, athletes, and coaches.


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