S3 EPISODE 12 - MMA Fighters: Physiological Testing, Training Methods & Making Weight w/ Dr. Corey Peacock PhD

Season 3, Episode 12. Dr. Corey Peacock, expert physiologist and strength coach dives into his work with elite MMA fighters, such as recently crowned UFC champion Kamaru Usman. Corey discusses the importance of understanding the physical demands, the key physiological tests he uses to assess an athletes profile, fitness level, and performance metrics to guide the training plan during camp. He also shares tips on making weight for fighters, his research on sleep, physical performance and injury in professional MMA fighters, how to mitigate head trauma and his work for the Society for Neurosports. Finally, Corey shares his thoughts on the evolution of research in MMA combat sport.

Summary of This Episode

5:30 – Physical demands of MMA fighters

8:00 – Key physiological tests to assess athlete profile

15:15 – Strategies for making-weight in elite MMA fighters

21:00 -  Fueling from weigh-in to fight night

25:00 – Limiting the impact of head trauma in fighters –

29:35 – Corey’s research in Sleep, Performance and Injury in MMA Fighters

33:00 – Recovery strategies: cryotherapy, Normatech boots, HRV and sleep monitoring

44:00 – Evolution of research in MMA fighting

Research & Education Links


Fight Science Institute

About Dr. Corey Peacock PhD

Dr. Corey Peacock PhD is the Head Performance Coach and Sports Scientist at Peacock Performance Inc. providing strength & conditioning, physiological analysis, and injury prevention methodologies for some of the world’s elite combat athletes including Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, Volkan Oezdemir, Michael Chandler Jr., and Chris Algieri. Corey works closely with professionals from the NFL, NHL, MMA and NCAAF and serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Nova Southeastern University and as a researcher has contributed multiple peer-reviewed publications integrating the fields of exercise physiology, athletic performance, and supplementation.