I would say on average fighters peak between 27-32. This is when they are at their best physical peak of speed and strength combined with training and experience to make the best of that.
In boxing there is a term for a fighter that burns out early in their career, usually due to taking too much punishment in too many wars. They term is a "shot fighter". Erik Morales is a great example of this. Tons of amateur fights, great professional fighter through his 20s that fought in many great wars. By the time he was 30 he just looked like a shell of himself.
I think we havent seen a lot of this in MMA because there are just not that many wars like in boxing. And very competitive fights are a mix of grappling and striking, not just constant head shots. At the same time there does seem to be a trend towards stand up wars, and with 4oz gloves i have no doubt we will start to see guys fading younger and younger.
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