QUESTIONS FOR DAVE MULLINS 1. What are the advantages of having a sports psychologist or mental skills coach to an athlete? a. Can you dispel any myths associated with sports psychology? 2. How did you get into sports psychology? 3. What athletes/sports have you in the past or are currently working with? 4. Why crossover into MMA? 5. How can a sports psychologist or mental skills training help an MMA fighter? a. Is there any specific techniques that are particularly relevant to solo sports? 6. Are you aware of any pro-fighters using sports psychologist or mental skills training? 7. Are there any instances in high profile fights that you point to mental skills training made a difference? (ones I can think of might be) a. At UFC 100 GSP told Jackson his groin was blown between rounds 3 and 4 and Jackson told him to hit him with it b. After beating Ed Ratcliff Donald Cerrone said in the post-fight interview he’d been working with his mental coach to start fights hard and finish hard c. Could a mental coach have helped Bisping against Rivera? 8. What do sessions with you involve and how much on-going work would you expect a fighter to put in between sessions? 9. How do you think MMA in Ireland is shaping up?
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