Latest successful MMA bloomer?

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by braege, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. braege

    braege White Belt

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    Can anyone think of a successful MMA fighter who had absolutely no combat training whatsoever up until the age of 20?

    Just curious if there are any successful late bloomers, not having much luck finding out on my own.

    Thanks in advance guys
     
  2. Ryo

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    Rich Franklin. I can't think of anymore right now, but I'm sure there are. I mean 20 is not too old at all.
     
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  4. braege

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    appreciate the response guys, thing is im trying to get a friend to start training with me (ive been at it for only a few weeks myself) but he keeps saying hes to old to start and make anything of it (hes about to turn 22).

    so thought i would get on here and ask, thanks again
     
  5. Brian McLaughlin

    Brian McLaughlin Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    Matt Arroyo, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Bob Sapp and Brad Imes come to mind but there are many many more

    BJ Penn didn't start training until he was 18
     
  6. Brian McLaughlin

    Brian McLaughlin Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    Jeremy Horn and Forrest Griffin
     
  7. Chinaboxer

    Chinaboxer Blue Belt

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    it's never too late to start. It's all about personal progression. it's like climbing a mountain, everyone takes different paths, some shorter some longer; but when they get to the top, the view is the same for everyone.
     
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    I personally think every fighter regardless of age has at least a good ten years in them.
     
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    not trying to too my own horn, but i am 24, started training a little over a year ago and im confident i will have a pro fight by the end of this year, you and your friend may not make it to the big show but my point is it depends on what you consider "making something of it". commitment to doing something you love, self discipline and developing respect and humility is a huge achievement in my opinion
     

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