Preparation strategies for world-class MMA fighters

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Duncan French

This presentation will give an insight into the UFC Performance Institute, and the approach it takes in preparing world-class MMA fighters to compete in the UFC. The goal of the Institute is simple yet ambitious, and that is to accelerate the evolution of the MMA athlete while also becoming a leader in the sports performance community. This session will discuss the strategies and philosophies that shape the UFC performance model: training theory, physical preparation, weight management, and competition performance for one of the world’s most demanding sports. Duncan French is the vice president of performance at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. He is responsible for directing the state-of-the-art facility, which provides performance services to UFC athletes. Duncan has over 20 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Prior to joining the UFC, he was the director of performance sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Before residing in the US, Duncan was a technical lead for strength and conditioning at the English Institute of Sport. He has worked three full Olympic cycles, and was the national lead for strength and conditioning to both Great Britain Basketball and Great Britain Taekwondo. As a strength and conditioning (S&C) coach, Duncan has coached a host of Olympic, World Championship, and Commonwealth Games medallists, as well as world-record holders from a variety of different sports. Chairman of the UKSCA from 2011-13, Duncan received an Honorary Fellowship in 2014. He has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters.