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"Mixed martial arts is a young man's game" - Dana White

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  1. p4pgoat

    p4pgoat Purple Belt

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    But is it really?

    Flyweight: Henry Cejudo (31 years old); Demetrious Johnson (32 years old)
    Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw (32 years old); Dominick Cruz (33 years old)
    Featherweight: Max Holloway (26 years old); Brian Ortega (27 years old)
    Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov (29 years old); Conor McGregor (30 years old); Tony Ferguson (34 years old)
    Welterweight: Tyron Woodley (36 years old); Colby Covington (30 years old)
    Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (27 years old); Yoel Romero (41 years old)
    Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier (39 years old); Alexander Gustafsson (31 years old)
    Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier (39 years old); Stipe Miocic (36 years old)

    Outside of a few fighters, the majority of UFC Champions or #1 contenders are over 30 with the average age being 33. I think Dana might be wrong again.
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    With all of that being said, which under-30 contender are you most excited about?

    - Darren Till (25 years old)
    - Kevin Lee (25 years old)
    - Paulo Costa (27 years old)
    - Zabit Magomedsharipov (27 years old)
    - Curtis Blaydes (27 years old)
    - Volkan Oezdemir (28 years old)
    - Renato Moicano (29 years old)
    - Israel Adesanya (29 years old)

    I think it's Darren Till.
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    Sure, the guy is probably a natural Middleweight but I think he matches up well against Whittaker. The guy already has elite striking. His takedown defense is still relatively unknown but at 25, he has YEARS to work on his wrestling.

    My second choice would be Zabit Magomedsharipov. So far he looks as good as advertised but I am very curious to see how he fares against top-level competition.

    The under-30 contender that I am least high on is Kevin Lee. He's in a stacked division (honestly he'll eventually be forced to move up to Welterweight) and after seeing this, I am not sure he has the chin to stand and trade with the top of that division.
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    What do you think Sherdog?
     
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  2. Slatersan

    Slatersan Brown Belt

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    I think Dana meant you can’t start mma when youre near 40
     
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    tehJameson RANCH Yellow Card

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    Lol @ believing anything dana says.
     
  4. Übermacht

    Übermacht ἅπαξ λεγόμενον

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    Compared to other sports MMA is an old man's game.
     
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    cambo78 Silver Belt

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    The average "prime" is early 30's and the oldest champs were Olympian medalists/great genetics. I wouldn't consider any of the champs "old".
     
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    lenbiasgoat Green Belt

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    Out of names u listed I'm taking lee
     
  7. BBMN

    BBMN Pancakes?!

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    He's right. There are always exceptions to the rule, but by in large, most fighters fall off pretty fast after 35.

    The one division that the rule doesn't apply to for whatever reason, is Heavyweight. There's always been some older guys there that keep chugging along like WWII era tanks. They take a pounding and come back for more. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the guys that rely on speed, and when they lose that speed, they fall apart pretty fast. For as amazing as TJ Dillahaw looks today, wait and see where he's at in three years. Hopefully he doesn't turn into BJ Penn... But it wouldn't surprise me.

    Somehow there are few outliers here too... I know Edgar is a freak. But for the most part, guys drop off faster in the smaller classes.
     
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    Mmmmmmma1234 Brown Belt

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    What are you 15?? 29-36 isn't old.
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    30 isn't that old for starters

    This is a combat sport.

    Your prime years are from 25-35, and you'll likely be your strongest at 32-35. A 21 year old is physically and mentally still a kid.

    Now 40 year olds or near 48 y/os can stop calling themselves young men.

    Secondly, Darren Till ain't shit and is overrated beyond all hell with his entire schtick being that he's a "A LHW FOIGHTING AHT WW, WUT AHM DOOIN SHUD BE ILLEGAL"

    But you're not sold on Kevin Lee, who fights killers, wins, and makes weight MORE than Till and is vocal about wanting an in between weight class so he can fight closer to his natty weight? But sold on Till, who puts Wonderboy to sleep with his style and can't even make weight? OK.
     
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    p4pgoat Purple Belt

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    Compared to the average age of other major sports, it is.
     
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    The issue isn't be in your 30s, it's trying to start in your 30s which is why it's a young mans game.
     
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    PanicWrassler Green Belt

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    Ferg is 34 years old?

    I had no clue.
     
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    Reach4theSky Playin' a riddim

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    His hairline is 50..
     
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    pizzle Black Belt

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    I think if you are under 35 yo you are still a relatively young man
     
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    Lee took that Barboza shot and still won that fight
     
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    A.S. Deep Black Belt

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    Hendo on unlimited TRT could probably fight until his 60s lol. I woudln't be surprised if Romero is fighting in his 80s and looks as shredded as ever.
     
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    I wouldn't consider 30 years old at all. Once you start getting to that 33-34-35 mark, at least for the lower divisions I would. Most of those guys you listed aren't that age yet except for the heavier divisions, and those guys are still A-level athletes among F-level athletes so it cancels out.
     
  18. Mmmmmmma1234

    Mmmmmmma1234 Brown Belt

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    Did you find a ufc average or general mma average? Or list a handful of the best in the sport: nhl Sidney Crosby 31, alex ovechkin 32
    NBA steph curry 30, LeBron James 33
    NFL tom Brady 41, Aaron Rogers 34
    I don't know baseball but I'm sure there's tons of top talent at 30+
    Tennis Nadal 32, Federer 37
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  19. FinalConflict2005

    FinalConflict2005 Brown Belt

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    I appreciate the effort you put into your post. I’m used to seeing 9 pages of “Conor McGregor is da GOAT!!11!!!”
     
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  20. p4pgoat

    p4pgoat Purple Belt

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    Quite the straw man, you're changing the argument. You said 36 isn't old. I am saying compared to other major sports it definitely is, as the average age of those athletes are well below 36.

    You do understand the concept of averages right?
     
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