At what age do MMA fighters reach their peak?

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Milton Vieira finalizando no MMA. Estaria o atleta da BTT na idade perfeita para a luta? Foto: Arquivo GRACIEMAG

Milton Vieira getting the tapout in MMA. Is the BTT athlete at the perfect age for making his UFC debut? Photo: GRACIEMAG archives.

With over a decade’s experience stepping into rings and cages to face opponents from the most diverse corners of the world, Jiu-Jitsu black belt Milton Vieira has taken part in some of the biggest fighting shows on earth, including: Pride, Strikeforce, Shooto, Meca and Bitetti Combat. With more than his fair share of submission wins on his ledger, the BTT representative admits that making the first entrance into the octagon of his career next Saturday will be something special for him.

“Every athlete wants to compete at the best event there is, so making it to the UFC at this moment is really important to me. I’ve been working hard at Brazilian Top Team since 2003, when I joined the team, and I spared no sweat, blood or determination in getting to the UFC,” he said, as he gears up to face Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes in the first fight on the card for the UFC to take place Saturday night in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.

While his original background is in the luta livre style of grappling, Milton has faith his Jiu-Jitsu will lead him to triumph at Mineirinho Stadium. But anyone thinking the Rio de Janeiro native will do everything in his power to win via submission would be wrong.

“I’m not planning to only show what I can do on the ground. I like punching, kicking, flying knees, elaborate moves. I like getting the crowd going. I always fight to win. It’s something important to me, to my family, but I fight to put on a show. I want to always put on fun fights,” he points out.

Aiming not just to be part of the UFC but to make it to the top of the featherweight ranks, Milton is making his debut on the big stage at 33, an age when, according to his coach Murilo Bustamante, is when MMA fighters are just reaching their prime.

“In my view MMA fighters reach their peak at around 35, 36 years of age. Anderson Silva and myself, for example, won titles when we were over 30,” said Bustamante. “Milton is a talent just awaiting opportunities, and he has a bright future ahead of him.”

The BTT is now celebrating a new partnership with the marketing firm Garra.

What do you think, gentle reader, are you in agreement with Murilo? What’s the perfect age for an MMA fighter? What about for Jiu-Jitsu athletes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments field below.

Check out the card for the June 23 UFC show:

UFC 147
Mineirinho Stadium, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
June 23, 2012

Wanderlei Silva vs Rich Franklin
Fabricio Werdum vs Mike Russow
Cezar Mutante vs Serginho Moraes
Godofredo Pepey vs Rony Jason
Yuri Alcântara vs Hacran Dias
Milton Vieira vs Felipe Arantes
Francisco Massaranduba vs Delson Pé de Chumbo
Rodrigo Damm vs Anistávio Gasparzinho
Hugo Wolverine vs John Macapá
Leonardo Macarrão vs Thiago Bodão
Wagner Galeto vs Vinicius Vina

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There are 6 comments for this article
  1. GDGD at 2:00 pm

    If Testosterone is supplemented to match what is available to younger men, I wonder if that would be enough to level the playing field until fighters reach their 50’s? I always thought that it may be the years of getting hit in the head that slows down fighters as they reach their 30’s and 40’s and not the “aging process”

  2. Knjacobs at 7:57 pm

    I honestly think it has less to do with actual age and has more to do with “fighting age”. I see a lot of fighters who are burned out and done by the time they are 33, and a few cases where they hit their peak in their mid thirties. If you look at most fighters who did in fact hit their peak at that point, you’ll notice they also didn’t start fighting until they were older as well. For all their spectacular abilities, I honestly cannot see Jon Jones or JDS peaking at 35. I see them winding down at that point. In fact I think it is already happening to GSP.

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