Could you be the next mixed martial arts champion?
Do you have the physical attributes of Ultimate Fighting
Championship title-holder Conor McGregor?
UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition
Sciences and mixed martial arts (MMA) researcher Lachlan James could
help you answer that question with 10 weeks of free training.
"For the final investigation of my PhD into mixed martial arts,
I'm simply looking for people from the general population who would
like to do 10 weeks of free supervised resistance training," Mr
"I recently published results from two studies I've completed
which involved both professional and amateur MMA athletes.
"What we found that distinguished professional from amateur MMA
competitors was their lower-body strength, speed and power
"Also, accuracy was more important than volume in achieving
victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fights we
"From a biomechanical perspective, these findings support each
other because it is speed which dictates the accuracy of a
"The faster you execute a punch, kick or takedown attempt in the
intended direction, the more likely you are to hit the target
before it moves.
"We believe because of the multitude of techniques and the
spectra of physiological qualities that influence success in MMA,
our detailed findings are of great value to strength and
conditioning, and sports-specific coaches."
Mr James is calling for participants willing to test their
athletic ability and assist with his research by taking part in 10
weeks of free supervised resistance training.
"It will involve detailed coaching on various Olympic
weightlifting and jumping exercises, as well as high-quality
performance testing of your strength and power attributes," Mr
"Participants can expect improvements in their ability to
generate power and their athletic performance."
Participants must be male, aged 18-35 years, free of any major
injuries that would limit participation, and be able to refrain
from high volume lower-body training outside of the study.
Three one-hour sessions will be held each week over the 10-week
instruction period, and people of all athletic abilities and
backgrounds are welcomed.
Mr James' recent findings have been published in the
International Journal of Sports Physiology and
Performance and the
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
Media: Lachlan James, firstname.lastname@example.org,
+61 0424 411 682; UQ Communications
Robert Burgin, email@example.com,
+617 3346 3035, +61 0448 410 364.