First and fore most i wanna point out that there is an immense correlation between good striking and footwork. Do your own research if you didnt know that. So im doing some film study on foot work while striking and the guy on video said rope jumping is the best way to gain that agility....obviously! We all know its basically mandatory for boxers to jump ropes. There was a thread early on about how bad striking is in the UFC, and while i didnt agree with the entire post (the wild punching by Fedor for example), it is true that there are a bunch of stiffs in the UFC, who clearly lack any sort of fluidity in their jabs and punches all together. Yes, TD and kicks allowed in MMA are not going to allow fighters to move like a boxer in the octagon, with all the Ali shuffles and FREEDOM OF LEG MOVEMENT, however, the best striker MMA has ever seen, Dominick Cruz, was very big on rope jumping, and had the best footwork as well. I think the problem in MMA's striking starts from the buttom-up, some of these fighters, even in lighter weight classes, look like they are fighting with concrete boots. Forget about an actual fight, look at how much faster boxer's feet move while they're training.... How much lighters they look on their feet while feinting, darting, or backing up. I understand there are many more complex things and facets in MMA than in boxing which is limited to footwork and striking, however, like the goat striker, Cruz, said himself.... "when I'm standing across the cage from another person, before I throw one punch, what's the first thing I'm going to move? My feet. If the very first thing I'm going to move in a fight is my feet, why isn't that the very first thing that I work on?" Conclusion: MMA fighters need to jump ropes in order to significantly improve their striking.