The oldest current UFC fighters are battling more than their opponents every time they step into the octagon. They are battling time and the ravages of aging. They are doing their best to stay fit, stay strong, and stay healthy, all in an effort to stay in the game.
If it feels like fighters such as Anderson Silva and CM Punk have been around forever, that's because they have been. Silva started his UFC career in 2006, and that was after spending a decade on the kickboxing and MMA circuits. All of these fighters, from Marion Reneau to Nathan Coy, have shown the discipline and reslienece necessary to compete at the highest level well past the time most fighters have stepped out of the octagon for good.
So who are the best fighters over 40, the older fighters who have managed to carry their careers into 2019 and beyond? Vote below for the best current elderstatemen (and women) in the UFC, then head over and check out some of the best MMA competitors of all time.
Age: 44 (April 14, 1975)
Weight class: Middleweight, Light heavyweight
Fighting style: Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, CapoeiraIs this fighter great?
Age: 40 (March 20, 1979)
Weight class: Heavyweight, Light heavyweight
Fighting style: WrestlingIs this fighter great?
Age: 42 (April 30, 1977)
Weight class: Light heavyweight, Middleweight
Fighting style: Freestyle wrestling, BoxingIs this fighter great?
Age: 42 (November 6, 1977)
Weight class: Middleweight, Welterweight
Fighting style: Brazilian jiu-jitsuIs this fighter great?