Age Statistics by Division (2013 vs. 2018)

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  1. acannxr Green Belt

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    Fighters who were/are 30 years old are included in the "% over 30" columns.

    I omitted the women's divisions due to the small sample size (i.e. Women's Featherweight only has 15 fighters in it, total).
     
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    Interesting data, thanks for posting that.
     
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    MMA is an old man sport.
     
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    Erick Silva skews the WW stats...
     
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    That really changes perspective on people who hate on DJ because of the weakness of his division...
     
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    Speed and agility matters most in lighter weight classes.

    It is first to go away with age.
     
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    Interesting, different athletic primes for weight classes.

    Nice info!
     
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  9. acannxr Green Belt

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    He's currently the 86th ranked Welterweight in the world and as such, not factored into the statistics...a part of me feels like a joke just soared over my head.

    I'm of the opinion that a fighter falling out of their prime, at least in MMA, has more to do with the number of years one has been fighting as opposed to their actual age. A well-written article was done explaining this as the 9-year rule.

    Quoted from the article (in the link):
    The people who hate Johnson (or any fighter) for unimportant reasons are hardly likely to be swayed by any evidence that contradicts them, so I wouldn't get your hopes up :).

    I would agree with that explanation, though the UFC's recruiting habits and the age of the division itself also contribute to the stats.
     
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  10. agibmxmma Former Pro Fighter/Current Boxing Instructor

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    Martial Arts in general.. as one can only gain experience over an extended period of time. Hence the avg Coach, Instructor, Sensei, Kru, Trainer, etc.. is older.
     
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    Meh.. don't worry, it's an old played out joke anyway..
     
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    Women's featherweight has 15 fighters? I thought it had like 3.
     
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    Part of why this is older than other sports is because the UFC usually doesn't sign guys with less than like 10 pro fights. That can take 5-10 years for some guys after their debut. Whereas in most pro sports a guy will get drafted at 17 and have played in junior/college/etc. And are league ready in less than 5 years.

    Women in the UFC are probably younger on average because they are signed with like 3 wins in 5 pro fights lol
     
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    FlyW Champ is 31, BW Champ is 32.. And both men are still getting better it appears. It's really just the lighter weights have more younger prospects. Though I will say speed and agility def matter, though most smaller men are able to maintain a higher level of such as they get older.
     
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    In the 2000 era everyone in the top 15 were in their 20s.
    MMA doesn't cultivate talent like it used to.
     
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    I'm 33 and I have more control of my body than at 23. At 23 I didn't know how to pace myself and I'd gas out quick BUT I was also stronger at 23. But MMA is usually a marathon and not a sprint. So even though I may be a tad bit weaker than my 23 year old self, my gas tank at 33 is better. It has to do with my training really. When I was young I lifted heavy. Now I lift lighter but go for more reps, conditioning my cardio better. But if I were to fight my 23 year old self very possible 23 year old me, crushes 33 year old me in the first 3 minutes. But 33 year old me would know this. But I could still get caught. I was very high strung at 23. I would be a nightmare that first 3 minutes before I slow down. At 23.
     
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    30+ is old in your mind, how old are you, meanwhile back in the real world that's still very young no matter how you cut it.
     
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    Number of Women's Featherweight fights in the UFC for 2017? 3.

    Aside from Cyborg, all of her opponents were Bantamweights and not true Featherweights.

    But I used world rankings because of how arbitrarily the UFC's rankings are handled.

    The UFC has a long and documented history of recruiting male fighters with only 5 fights (many current/former champions) with only 1-2 years of experience, so what you're stating is a false narrative.
     
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    Athletes in ALL sports are sticking around longer thanks to nutrition and proper training techniques. Look at Tom Brady. Dude almost got a 6th ring. He is the GOAT and he's 40. Other basketball stars played until early 40s. I think LeBron will. Etc. Its different today. Back in the day, people trained differently. You'd be burned at age 30-32. Ala Fedor. Ala Tyson, etc.
     
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    In the good ol' days. Nowadays there will be some exceptions for 'future stars' and guys on DWTNCS or whatever, but I'm pretty sure most newly signed fighters have at least 9 or more fights under their belts
     
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