The 10 Greatest Post 40-year-old Athletes

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The 10 Greatest Post 40-year-old Athletes

Randy Couture. The resume says it all:

 

UFC Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

Interim UFC Light Heavyweight championship (1 time)

Most Championship reigns in UFC history (6 times)

Most Championship fights in UFC history (15 times)

Oldest fighter to win a title in UFC history (43 years, 255 days)


First fighter to hold Championship titles in two weight classes


UFC Hall of Famer

 

 

One key factor to remember that Randy started competing in MMA at age 34, so the majority of these accomplishments didn't actually come about till he was already into his 40's.

Who could forget his epic defeat of Tim Sylvia at the age of 43 (UFC 68)?

I had goose bumps as I watched him enter the Octagon at UFC 91 against a monster of man named Brock Lesnar having just turned 45 years old earlier in the year. 

And now we have this weekend. Once again it will be Randy Couture stepping up to the challenge which will finally answer the question of which sport is better : MMA or Boxing?

You have to wonder how he does it though. Every fight he keeps getting stronger and comes in to a fight with the same determination that he had as a much younger man. 

This piece is in honor of not only Randy but many other athletes who have pushed the envelope when it comes to their competing time, and defied the odds. 

Let us honor these men and women, for they show us that age is truly just a number. 

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