With the likes of Henry Cejudo and Conor McGregor (times three…) choosing the luxury of retirement early in their thirties, it seems beyond the realms of possibility that some fighters choose to put their bodies on the line inside the UFC’s Octagon into their forties.
Whilst the emerging talents and future champions steal the headlines, like Bryce Mitchell, Sean O’Malley, Edmen Shahbazyan and Chase Hooper, the warhorses of the MMA promotion continue to enter and entertain, defying any stereotypes their age brings with them.
With a frightening level of physical superiority over normal middle-aged people, the names on this list stretch far beyond the realms of normality. It's hard to imagine reaching the age of 40 and choosing a brutal and bloody cage fight over a tea and some late night TV but these veterans have firmly set their sights on fighting for as long as there bodies allow them to.
When we say veterans, we refer to those staying in the rankings and competing in high quality fights, the opposite of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz's car crash meeting in 2018...
These are the UFC’s top veterans, who consistently challenge their age.