It wouldn’t be fair to say mixed martial arts was an “old man’s sport,” but for a long time, athletes in MMA either started late or hit their prime a lot later than they did in other sports. That has changed, and it would be fair to say that we are seeing the greatest collection of young talent to hit the sport and start hitting their prime years at the same time. Want proof? Read on for 13 of the top fighters in the UFC that are just 25 and under.
It was a painful sight for fans of UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn, but featherweight phenom Yair Rodriguez did what he had to do to cement a changing of the guard in the sport on Monday at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, stopping the comebacking 38-year-old in the second round of their UFC Fight Night main event.
In UFC prelim action at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Monday, Arizona’s own Drakkar Klose made an impressive Octagon debut, shutting out fellow newcomer Devin Powell in their lightweight bout.