To begin in mixed martial arts and make it to the elite level of the UFC a fighter must posses a good deal of strength. This strength and power will help you out in several areas: throwing punches, on the ground, and in the clinch. Strength and conditioning specifically for MMA must be done through training you functional strength. This is not the same workout routine that a bodybuilder would use in the gym to grow their muscles. Functional strength is what some commonly refer to as ‘farm boy strength’. It is that strength that can’t be created on the bench press, in the squat rack, or doing tons of curls.