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World-Class Intentionality with Dr. Duncan French - UFC Performance Institute, Vice President of Performance

Vice President of Performance Dr. Duncan French has helped build the culture and standards at the UFC Performance Institute to become the premiere place to train and develop the best fighters in the world. In this episode, you’ll hear clips from Duncan’s conversation with ReliaQuest mental performance coach Derin McMains. You’ll hear him discuss:

  • Maintaining high standards across multiple locations throughout the world
  • Establishing trust
  • Managing emotions with simplicity

Globally recognized as a leading expert in high performance sport, Duncan has 25 years of experience working with athletes from over 40 different professional and Olympic sports.

Presently at UFC, he’s responsible for directing high performance services to 650 UFC fighters globally, as well as managing three state-of-the-art high performance facilitates in Las Vegas and Shanghai, with Mexico City opening in 2023.

Prior to joining the UFC, Duncan was the Director of Performance Sciences and the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Notre Dame.

Before residing in the USA, Duncan was a Technical Lead for Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport. He has supported three Olympic cycles and has been the national lead for Strength and Conditioning to both the Great Britain Basketball Team and Great Britain Taekwondo. Duncan is the former Head of Strength & Conditioning at Newcastle United FC in the English Premier League.

As a Strength and Conditioning Coach Duncan has coached Olympic, World Championship, and Commonwealth Games medalists, as well as world-record holders.

As a researcher, Duncan has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and nine book chapters and is the coeditor for the NSCA Essentials of Sport Science textbook. He was the chairman of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association from 2011-13 and received an Honorary Fellowship in 2014 for his services to the strength and conditioning industry.

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