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Old 07-01-2012, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to watching mma... 6'1 vs 6'7 question

Hey i have been getting into mma recently and had a questions to ask.

can a 240 pound 6'1 mma fighter beat up a 240 pound 6'7 guy? or 6'8. Technically in this case the 6'1 guy is more built. Like whats more important muscle mass or height as far as a street fight is concerned.
second question is... is when do most mma fighters reach there peak, like the age where there the toughest they will ever be, seems like its between 33-37 most people are telling me.

Thanks guys im new here btw.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Height doesn't generally have a huge effect in MMA... taller guys tend to have a bigger reach (as in boxing) which can be an advantage, and sometimes having long rangy limbs could also help in submissions... But mainly their athleticism and skillset is a muich more improtant indicator than height.

And we had a poll on the age thign a few weeks ago, and the general concencus was that the 28-32 age range was when a MMA fighter is in their peak. In their late 30's a fighters explosiveness starts to decline, wear and tear begins to show etc.

There are some exceptions, as Randy Couture had his best years when he was in his 40's, but these are an extreme rarity.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When it comes to elite level MMA, the smaller guy will face a big disadvantage majority of the time.
It can be nullified by fighter styles like if the smaller guy is a much better grappler.
When it comes to striking the smaller guy will have to be much better just to overcome the height and reach. This isnt always the case and some MMA fights will disprove this!! If you give them the same striking skills then the taller fighter should win 8/10 striking matchups.

Search for Genki Sudo vs Butterbean on Youtube/Google.
For striking look for K1 Koaklai vs Mighty Mo.
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It would matter only in terms of advantage/disadvantage. However, pure physical attributes don't make or break a fight. It DOES have a large contributing factor as athleticism is part of your skill... but ultimately, it's more about technique, timing, combos, cardio, and chin. Of course, with that said, any experienced/veteran fighter can get careless and get knocked out by one punch or submission. That's the thing about fighting.
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I'm new to this forum too so hey what's up man!? Although I'm not new to MMA/combat sports. There's a lot to look forward to, and while you wait for new fights, you should catch up on watching a lot of the older fights.

Some FC's other than UFC you should watch is Sengoku, Deep, Pride FC (my favorite), Jungle FC. These are just the first to come to my mind. There's a lot more. Strikeforce and Bellator are good too.
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