Top Five Over-the-Hill Fighters, Walker and All!

Kevin CurranSenior Analyst IOctober 5, 2008

Since Ken Shamrock can't seem to win and even when he is given a gimme fight he hurts himself, I made a top five list that even he might be able to make. Here we have the best of the senior tour—the old guys who still go out and fight for the love of the sport. God love 'em!


5. Ken Shamrock

Déjà vu! Huh, it seems like I was just talking about him. Ken may have fallen on rough times lately, but with a possible resurgence coming with possible EliteXC cards being offered, I give Ken the No. 5 spot for potential. Hmmm, 45 and I'm talking potential. Does that sound weird to you?


4. Dan Severn

Believe it or not, this guy (who is now receiving AARP checks) still climbs into the cage to duke it out with fighters who could be his grandkids. With over 100 fights on his pro resume, he has lost only two fights in the last five years, with one ironically coming to Seth Petruzelli. This guy is redefining over-the-hill in MMA, considering he is now approaching 55. 55!


3. Gary Goodridge

Sure, he lost to Buentello at Affliction: Banned, but in all seriousness, if a guy that is over 40 is good enough to get on that card, he's pretty good. He has been a mainstay in the K-1 stable for some time now, and has appeared on many PRIDE and UFC cards over the years. He's still chugging along and may still have more career to go on his amazing journey.


2. Oleg Taktarov

Since his resurgence in Bodog Fight in 2007 he has had a great streak. His submissions have looked crisp and smooth, most recently submitting Mark Kerr by kneebar, and his overall game looks like it has not lost too many of the vitals. His career from here on out will be something to watch for as a wiley veteran tries to hold his own in the constantly changing MMA world we know today.


1. Randy Couture

Need I even explain? The only thing I may add  is that his legacy may be altered by UFC 91, whatever the outcome. I can't wait to see that fight. It's going to be a war!