MMA research pins power as separator

A research study at the University of Queensland has found that muscular functions of maximal strength and power are the clear separator between high-level and low-level MMA fighters.

Famous MMA power-puncher Chuck Liddell

University of Queensland PhD student Lachlan James said his study clearly indicates that these are the vital qualities underpinning superior MMA performance.

“These findings are the first to be reported on MMA athletes and therefore provide a primary evidence-based framework for strength and conditioning practices,” James said.

James will now move to his second study that looks at anaerobic and endurance qualities for a 60-minute training session. In return, participants will be shown how they compare to other MMA athletes.

“This information can be of great value for your own training and competition preparation,” James said.

Participants must be male and have a verifiable amateur or professional MMA record and hold no injuries that limit conditioning training.

Testing is conducted at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. For further information contact Lachlan James on 0424 411 682 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .