Seeing some of the veterans take on the new generation of MMA fighters had me thinking a lot lately about age in MMA. I remember watching TUF 1 and hearing how Nate Quarry began training around the age of 27 for MMA and shortly after began competing. Even now I see the return of John Alessio and other guys that have been competing since the early 2000’s and wonder; at what age do these guys not have the ability to sharpen their skill set, reaction time, and overall remain competitive in the fight game? I’m no spring chicken with being in my late 20’s now, but I feel as though I have a minimum amount of wear and tear on my body. I still run at least 3 miles everyday and train in boxing as much as I can during the week and am going to get back into BJJ very soon. If I were to up my training and devote myself full time, would I be able to begin competing at least at the amateur level? I wonder if there is a cut-off age as to when one can be able to successfully compete. Or for that matter, become an elite fighter as opposed to the guys who have been training since they were in their teens. Penny for your thoughts (limited amount of pennies though, so I will also be issuing IOU’s).