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Which UFC fighters are still kicking it at the age of >35yo and which are not?

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And which are your favourite oldies but goodies?!

 

THE AWESOME OLDIES:

 

Mark Hunt - just turned 39 yesterday! Is on a rise in his MMA/UFC career. Knocks people out, has improved his ground game to a point where he can shut down even good grapplers (vide Struve fight).

Anderson Silva - turns 38 next month. Still destroying everybody like he's in his 20s.

Demian Maia - 35yo and on a tear at WW.

 

THE IMPRESSIVE OLDIES:

 

Henderson - 42yo. Has started getting injured more often, but still fights with all of his assets in tact.

Cung Le - 41yo. Still in shape for a highlight KO.

Cheick Kongo - 37yo. Wins fights he should be winning.

Roy Nelson - 36yo. Wins fights he should be winning. No signs of aging yet, except for his grey beard.

Vitor Belfort - turns 36yo next week. Gotta give him the benefit of the doubt with the TRT thing. He looks sharp in his fights.

Chael Sonnen - 35yo. This seems to be his time.

Werdum - 35yo. Climbing to a title shot at HW.

John Fitch - 35yo. Looked as good as ever vs young Silva, but not so much vs Maia.

 

THE "NOT SO BAD" OLDIES:

 

Wandy Silva - 36yo. Has to fight smart to keep winning fights. Has lost his chin and reflexes.

Big Nog - 36yo. Has lost a good amount of speed as well as his chin, but in the fights he wins he looks better than ever with his improved striking skills.

 

THE "SHOULD HANG IT ALREADY" OLDIES:

 

Shane Carwin - 38yo. Hasn't fought since 2011 due to constant injuries.

 

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My favs are the top-3 "awesome goodies". It kinda hurts not to see Shane Carwin together with them :((

 

 

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Great post. I agree with the placement of everyone. Hendo I think is the most interesting. I think he belongs in that category, but just a year or two ago I would have placed him in the top one. It's weird to think about his whole career and just now have to move him into that category.

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George Sotiropoulos - 90yo. He looked to be on the cusp of a title shot before he started his recent skid. He's in the twilight of his career, so I assume he'll retire before he becomes a centenarian.

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