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Old 06-15-2012, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is an MMA fighters peak age?

In your opinion, what is an mma fighters peak age?

Simple question.

Unending factors that make it difficult to say, but on average, what do you think it is.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The male body peaks at 26-28 years in general, so I'd say it's a fair guess.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd say about 27-29ish, I picked 28. If you look at the former champs and legends like Ortiz, Big Nog, Fedor, CroCop, Wanderlei, GSP etc., their peak performances and "invincible stage" seemed to be around that age.

After their early 30s, many of them were still on top but showed some slight weaknesses in their game. By the time the mid-late 30s rolled around, most of them have been toppled or pushed close to retirement.

There are some of the current champs like Aldo at 25, Bones at 24, JDS at 27 at slightly earlier than that age, but they are still growing and I believe their peak is yet to come when they hit that 27-29 ish range.
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^^^ Yeah 26-28. So many factors though, the way you train can sustain or deteriorate your physical peak, or how much artificial testosterone you pump into yourself.
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With or without TRT?

Seriously though, I think the ages where experience and athletic ability mesh to the fullest tend to be around 27-31.
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I'd say about 27-29ish, I picked 28. If you look at the former champs and legends like Ortiz, Big Nog, Fedor, CroCop, Wanderlei, GSP etc., their peak performances and "invincible stage" seemed to be around that age.

After their early 30s, many of them were still on top but showed some slight weaknesses in their game. By the time the mid-late 30s rolled around, most of them have been toppled or pushed close to retirement.

There are some of the current champs like Aldo at 25, Bones at 24, JDS at 27 at slightly earlier than that age, but they are still growing and I believe their peak is yet to come when they hit that 27-29 ish range.
ive noticed in some sports, and i dont think mma is an exception... if you peak earlier you dont necessarily last. we will see what happens to the young guns of today, but i dont think shogun for instance really was at his peak at 28. could be wrong, but those injuries add up.

also most of the heavyweight division is over 30.
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Was there really any need for every age group - why not just do 20-23, 24-26, 27-29, 30-32 etc lol.

Anyway, although the optimum age for a male athlete is normally mid-late 20's, considering this is a sport where you carry on learning and getting better all the time i think the peak fight age is a bit later than that - i would say low 30's - 30, 31, 32 sort of age.
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I chose 29, but really each person is different. I guess the real age range would be 26-32 for males in general to peak.
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Age doesn't matter as much as how long you have been in the game and how much damage you have taken.
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I think it varies abit for everyone but generally I'd say 27-33.
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