Don’t bet against MMA athlete 3.0. | Jose Aldo file photo: Dave
As part of my regular assignments covering MMA, I do an event
preview with fight picks. What I have noticed is how the game seems
to be trending toward younger fighters, and how the latest wave
threatens to displace the old guard of veterans.
In short, the younger guard in MMA -- roughly defined as anyone
under 25, or with less than 15 fights -- is quickly displacing the
older guard. There are many theories as to why, but in a nutshell,
it is easier for a fighter to improve before he or she reaches
their peak, and especially tough to improve at the same rate once
they reach it.
As MMA moves toward the completion of its second decade, the
evolution curve of today’s fighter is markedly different than that
of five or six years ago. Fighters are starting younger than ever
and, perhaps as importantly, are often aware of MMA in grade school
or high school. Read more