Mixed martial arts is not a sport that one should be doing well into old age, but more often than not now it seems that fighters are continuing their careers well into their 40s and even their 50s.

Bellator has been attempting to create a senior’s circuit MMA division, with the likes of ageing greats such as Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn.  Seeing these fighters at such an old age and diminished ability can be damaging to the legacies they spent their early careers cultivating.

Its hard to blame the fighters though, turning off the competitive instincts is not easy to do.  Its really up to the promoters to stop booking fights for ageing fighters who can’t take punches anymore, but if the public still wants to see them there will always be someone willing to book them.

Many great UFC legends have continued their career long after they ceased to be competitive at a high level.  These are the top 5.

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Ian is a MMA writer based out of Toronto, ON Canada. An avid mixed martial arts enthusiast and passionate fan since he was born, Ian has been writing about mixed martial arts for over 5 years.