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View Poll Results: What is an MMA fighters peak age?

20 3 6.67%
21 0 0%
22 0 0%
23 0 0%
24 0 0%
25 3 6.67%
26 2 4.44%
27 2 4.44%
28 15 33.33%
29 7 15.56%
30 8 17.78%
31 0 0%
32 2 4.44%
33 3 6.67%
34 0 0%
35 0 0%
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd say when were 12 were pretty much unstoppable, at least in our minds.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Op is back with the polls. A good poll and a good question.

Definitely in the 30's now. Why...because of nutrient we're able to push our bodies to the limit even at advanced ages. Thirty is the new twenties and forties is the new thirties. But from a physical standpoint the 20's is where we see the most growth, but PRIME PEAK AGE should be in the late to 20's to early 30's because that's when you've seen everything and the MENTAL edge and experience comes into play. You can never discount experience.

So I voted for 30.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:12 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I chose 30 since MMA is skill based in a way where you can't ever master every aspect and whatever age you are right before your physical decline should be your peak.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:36 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I chose 32, as long as you don't get put to sleep numerous times you get better the more you train. It depends on the fighter
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:14 AM   #15 (permalink)
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This is off topic but some Muay Thai fighters have incredible chin at very young age.

They are as young as 16-18 and have a Dan Henderson chin. Go to Thailand if you want to see tough guys.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:22 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I think that when talking about a fighter's peak we must not only speak about physical peak but a combination of physical, and mental peak along with experience and technique.

For that reason I think 28-30 would be the right range so I picked 29. A 26 year old might have slight better reflexes than a 30 year old but most likely its not as big as a factor as the possible 4 year technique and experience difference.

Maturity can also be a major factor which many times goes hand and hand with mental stability, and from the infamous words of Timmay "90 percent of the game is half mental".
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I really think it depends on when you enter the sport. No one can truly pick the "peak" age because if you take notice all fighters succeed at different ages. I.E. Jon Jones I would say is in his peak right now...by the time he is 28-29(most voted age)I think someone would have figured out his methods and beat him. Plus by that time his body will have started to take a toll on him and he will lose strength, speed, etc. Again, just my opinion but the FACT is most popular fighters all succeeded at different ages.
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In soccer peak age is 28, after that you start losing your pace which I can attest to.
In rugby certain positions like prop forward peak age is more into the 30's, where guys have built up more power and more technique with their necessary skills for that position.
In MMA I tend to think its early 30's also, guys have built up more power in their muscles, and more technique, and more experience which are key factors in MMA. The only thing working against that is the older you are the more injuries you've probably had, slowing your body down more
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I voted 28. Seems I wasn't alone!
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:07 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I think it varies abit for everyone but generally I'd say 27-33.
Agreed.
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