In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I have the pleasure in speaking to Vice President of Performance at UFC Performance Institute, Duncan French. Duncan has worked with Olympic athletes in Taekwondo, Premiership footballers at Newcastle United, Division 1 Collegiate athletes at Notre Dame and now fighters at the UFC. With this unbelievable CV, it was an honor to get Duncan on the podcast to chat about his past in previous sports, but mainly to discuss the phenomenon which is the UFC.

In this episode, you will learn –

  • Who is Duncan French (background, education and current role)
  • What is the UFC PI?
  • Developing a high-performance structure & philosophy
  • Cutting & weight management
    • current practice
    • future policy
  • What does an MMA fighter ‘look’ like
    • force/power profiles
    • eccentric RFD
    • common injuries/illnesses
    • injury prevention strategies
  • Planning and Periodisation for MMA
    • assessments
  • Brain health, concussion, and mental health

Duncan can be found on Twitter @DuncanFrench

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Vald Performance, the team behind the NordBord and the new Groinbar, a hip and groin strength measuring solution. They can be found at and you can get more information on the groin bar at and on Twitter @groinbar.

This episode is sponsored by Fatigue Science. Fatigue Science combine wearable technology with biomathematical science developed by the US Army to offer fantastic insights into sleep and cognitive fatigue.

This episode is also sponsored by Forcedecks. If you want to know more about ForceDecks, listen to episode #139 of the Pacey Performance Podcast with co-founder, Dr. Daniel Cohen.

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