Is 40 too old to start training and competing in MMA?

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  1. cabal

    cabal Brown Belt

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    Do karate and judo 4 times a week. Struggle with non collaborative opponents and have fun.
     
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    Fuck it man just do it and have fun. Have no illusions about how far you;ll get - unless you are a natural killer - you'll prob just have some smoker / amateur mma matches. Enough to have fun and have a taste.
     
  3. thewhiterooster

    thewhiterooster dana hates sunscreen

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    I don’t know many brown belt “pussies”. Internet tough guys? You’re a dime a dozen. Jumping in a cage fight over the age of 40 without any prior training? Some bright people you’re surrounded with. Enjoy that.
     
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  4. Swarthy

    Swarthy Black belt hips

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    Rofl doubt he has a brown belt. Rofl everyone starts somewhere age is just a number when it comes to training and even fighting its all about the mental game. Of course he can’t compete at a high level but there are comps to cater for amatuers.

    CM punk had no place in the UFC but he would have been fine fighting in the regional scene.
     
  5. Ibm

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    Its never too late, its all about results.
     
  6. D Train

    D Train Silver Belt

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    You can certainly bring training. Competing at an amateur level is a good goal. Depending on how hard you commit and how quickly you learn it’ll probably take a couple of years.
     
  7. Rygu

    Rygu Black Belt Platinum Member

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    You could start training at 50 if you wanted to and could have solid results, just don't expect to really go anywhere competitively.
     
  8. Killashaw

    Killashaw Banned Banned

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    180 lb but you could possibly cut down to 155 with a good weight cut.

    I just want to tell you that it's going to take a couple years before you get good enough to hang in there with most, simply because most have trained ther entire lives.
    It's not too late but it's certainly late. I don't know you and don't know how talented/capable/hardworking you are, but at 40 years old it's gonna be pretty difficult to achieve something meaningful. But by all means start training, if you work hard enough five years from now you could make it to pro level.

    My opinion is just go and train, if you want to fight then fight, but if MMA doesn't work out you could always get into jiu jitsu. If you're consistent and work hard enough, you could be a black belt before you hit 50.

    What I would do is take muay thai and bjj.
    Do this for several years, just training muay thai and competing in BJJ. When you start to feel ready and when you feel like you're getting the better of your training partners in muay thai and tapping a decent number of people in jits then go for it.
     
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    Jack Handy jr Silver Belt

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    just for the love of god film it and post it here
     
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  10. John whittaker

    John whittaker White Belt

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    40 is not the end of the world .Just get the training and try it there may be some level you can compete at. Sparring will help you make up your mind what u can do and want to do . Im 61 just started taking mauy Thai / mma classes . Usually get my arse handed to me in sparring I occasionally get one in. I was never in any sports and not athletic
     
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    John whittaker White Belt

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    Get out there and try it. You will find out soon enough what u can and cannot do. I hate getting punched in the face but the body kicks are deadly. Don’t quit your day job just yet
     
  12. SHAOLINMONK420

    SHAOLINMONK420 Yellow Belt

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    Do it if u want dont be a pussy who gives a shit what ppl thimk
     
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    Noodles03 Blue Belt

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    No and make sure to have fun.
     
  14. tekkenfan

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    depend son the weight division i think at 205and above yes but you are 180 walking around without dieting so that means ud be a 155er more than likely so id not try to go pro nowadays 6 years ago sure but today everyone has skills no bum pros anymore really every single pro at least has a blue belt today minimum
     
  15. Demogoblin

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    mid -tier would be out there too .. 12 years ago i would say mid tier would be possible these days mid tier is almost impossible
    the sport is growing faster than a male grizlly bear's growth plate in a year
    its late at night and i am tired and i dont want to be disrespectful to you just follow your heart .. God has a plan for all of us
     
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    too old to compete at the high level for MMA, but not too old to do it recreationally. IF you were to start training today you'd probably be looking at at least two to three years before a responsible and competent coach would line you up a fight if you were a younger person that trained a minimum of four times a week. You could become fairly competent in BJJ/submission grappling in a couple years, you are way too old to become a competent boxer (generally to even be in the game you'd have had to start in your early teens, or be some kind of freak prodigy) and to have a Judo game good enough to compete you'd be looking at about 5 to 10 years. So you could start your training and all but without any prior experience you're looking at being on the edge of 50 before you put in enough time.
    I've been to some low level fights where there is a 40+ guy fighting his first fight, I've yet to see one where if the guy didn't get a lucky first round win he lasts three rounds. These weren't some fat old looking guys either, these guys looked like they were in great shape, even better than their opponents but age takes it toll.

    I can also say being a little older than you TS, injuries are going to be your biggest problem, that and the fact that no kid wants to get beat by "the old man of the gym". You will be the novelty and the "cool old guy that trains" but make no mistake, everyone of those young bastards will be gunning for you when they train with you. I'd constantly have some kid in his late teens and early 20's take it as a personal affront if I tapped them out and would go balls to the walls against me to the point that even if I won all the grappling matches I still felt like shit the next day a body ache I can only describe as someone beating you with a pillowcase full of door knobs.

    But hey, it's your time and your body, do what feels right to you.
     
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  17. Demogoblin

    Demogoblin Black Belt

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    if you have good diet and you are strong at the gym why not be a personal trainer instead ?or be a personal trainer for guys who do MMA . Mac Laimon never competed in MMA and he counsels mma fighters .. "why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free"

    once you get a broken bone from mma , BJJ , or judo .. your life is literally OVER .. you are done .YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!..then you start getting cortizone injections ( to speed up the recovery so you can get back in and train )and your body starts turning into mush .. why not do grappling then train mma .. got a tablet ? watch mma figths at your job .. you have a 1) good diet 2) you are strong 3) you glorify worship mma fighters .. train them , help them them be a brother to them there are soo many trainers that fuck these figthers over .. why put your body on the front line of the battle field? is this over a girl? mma fighting wont help you the streets just to let you know, well it will ,but its overrated to use as a street fighting aspect.. unless you fight someone on the beach
    look at my avatar Sakuraba i bet he wishes he couldve gone back int time and have been a trainer instead of a fighter .. pride fucked him over so bad .. they destroyed his body .. he will tell you " it was not worth it"
     
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  18. Demogoblin

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    not " foverer " more like " NEVER"
     
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  19. ironkhan57

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    If your athletic you have a better chance of beating amatuer mma fighter. But you should try to work on a lot of cardio, and what not. But it's going to be hard at 40, daniel cormier is champion at 40 but he has some prior experience. It's going to be really hard so if you want to try it, then go for it. But once you hit 50 that's when things will be superhard.
     
  20. Odysseus

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    If you train consistently for a good 3 years with the aid of chemical assistance, you absolutely have a chance to be competitive at the entry-level amateur league. I remember an amateur fight promotion in my area whose 145 champ was a jacked 41 year-old dude that was pretty obviously on the sauce. He was a fantastic grappler and still had quick, explosive takedowns and would wear all of his opponents out on the ground. The guy had a good run for a few years. Mind you, I think this guy had wrestled his entire life.... Still, something to consider.
     

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