MMA-ARP: An Age Old Question

Uncle-Joe SCorrespondent INovember 1, 2008

With Randy Couture heading towards his 50s, people are wondering when he's going to hang up to gloves for good. He's "retired" twice already, and yet he keeps getting back up to fight.  His first fight back, after his first time out, Couture proved that he was still very much in the game. The question now is, when will he be out?

Matt Hughes is now 35 years old, a very accomplished fighter, and yet is ready to step back into the Octagon for another fight.  He's had the ecstasy of victory and the agony of defeat, but does the agony have to do with his age?

In his losses to GSP and Alves, he just seemed to be a little too slow to get the job done. He's in better shape than the average 35 year old, but is that just too old to fight?

Ken Shamrock is 44 years old, very dominant in his career, but got injured before his last fight even started and had to bow out. "It seems like his face would break apart if he washed it" says Jon Anik. If that's the case, he'll need a lot of Vaseline for his fight with Frank.

Many people see fighting as something that is hard to do at any age. Being a professional athlete is much different than holding a nine-to-five job. How long can these fighters really go? There is no shortage of young talent in MMA, so why do the veteran fighters stay in the game so long? 

If you ask a fighter why they fight, they'll tell you it's because they love to do it. No one gets stuck in the MMA world because they were laid off of their last job. I once had a teacher who came back from retirement because he loved teaching so much.

Randy Couture seems to have done the same. Can everyone be a Randy Couture though? Can Matt Hughes start winning fights again? Can Ken Shamrock at least make it to his fights again?

Time seems to be running out for a lot of the sports veterans. Maybe it's time they hung up the gloves for good and found a new way to be apart of MMA.