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Old 09-18-2007, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The top guys aren't getting any younger

Matt Hughes - 33

Anderson Silva - 32

Rich Franklin - 32

Matt Lindland - 37

Chuck Liddell - 37

Dan Henderson - 37

Wanderlei Silva - 31

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - 31

Tito Ortiz - 32



Fedor Emelianenko - 31

Randy Couture - 44 (yeah I know, it's Randy)

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 31

Mirko Cro Cop - 33



Face it, these guy aren't getting any younger. Most of them might have 3-4 years left, but I don't think it's enough time to bring in the next good breed.

The WW division's got a solid future, but not so much with the other divisions.
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dunno, I'd say they're still relatively young. It's not until you're 40 that you begin to lose it (according to a health course I took in undergrad).

Perhaps Randy is a pioneer in this industry and a lot of those names will be able to pwn in their 40s?

On the other hand, perhaps fighters are training much more vigorously now-a-days and it will have a toll on their bodies and many of them won't make it past 35?

I doubt the latter.
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I disagree, i think the fighters that are 32 have at least 4 or 5 years left at their prime yet. A fit fighter can carry on at the top of their game untill they are 36 or 37.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The sport has evolved so much over the years, but I think we are going to see it change just as much over the next ten years. All of those guys you mentioned, and nearly everyone in the game today grew up learning a specific discipline that they have adapted to MMA. Very soon we are going to start seeing young guys that have grown up training in MMA gyms.

I hope the styles don't blend so much that we lose that Kickboxer vs Wrestler feel. I don't know about anyone else, but what initially drew me to the sport wasn't the bare knuckles and blood, but the test of disciplines. I loved seeing a Sumo wrestler fighting a black belt in Karate.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Matt Hughes - 33

Anderson Silva - 32

Rich Franklin - 32

Matt Lindland - 37

Chuck Liddell - 37

Dan Henderson - 37

Wanderlei Silva - 31

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - 31

Tito Ortiz - 32



Fedor Emelianenko - 31

Randy Couture - 44 (yeah I know, it's Randy)

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 31

Mirko Cro Cop - 33



Face it, these guy aren't getting any younger. Most of them might have 3-4 years left, but I don't think it's enough time to bring in the next good breed.

The WW division's got a solid future, but not so much with the other divisions.
Hendo going to be the "new" Couture. i can see him fighting another 8 or 9 years. oh yeah, why is CroCop on the list? j/k. had to take one last stab at him.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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dude...anyone under 35 IMO is in their prime..thats when you have all the experience you need to become champion (TITO I HOPE YOUR READING THIS) lol
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow A.Silva is 32???. Damn he looks and fights like hes 25. Meanwhile the Nogs look like theyre 48
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Wanderlei Silva and Minotauro don't look their age in the face, mainly due to excess scar tissue. The only concern the ufc should have is making new stars. Guys that can draw on the level of Couture, Liddell, Ortiz and Hughes. Since UFC 44 the main draws still havn't changed and here we are heading into 76.
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Wow A.Silva is 32???. Damn he looks and fights like hes 25. Meanwhile the Nogs look like theyre 48
Yeah I never noticed Anderson Silva as being that old. Dude looks like he can fight at a world class level for another 10 years.
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