Oldest UFC Fighters: Age is Just a Number in the Remarkable Octagon Journey

Meet the oldest fighters in UFC and their remarkable journeys in this blog post. Age is just a number for these warriors, so join us to explore their inspiring stories today!

Oldest UFC Fighters
Oldest UFC Fighters

The world of UFC is often associated with youth and explosive athleticism, but age-defying fighters have made their mark within the Octagon and shattered expectations. In this blog post, we will explore the oldest active fighters in the UFC roster, pay homage to those who held championship belts at an advanced age, and recognize legends who displayed extraordinary longevity throughout their careers.

From Randy Couture’s historic title win at 43 to Andrei Arlovski’s ongoing fighting spirit at 44, these warriors prove that age is merely a number when it comes to competing on a high level.

Key Takeaways

  1. Age is just a number for many of the oldest fighters in the UFC, who have shown resilience and adaptability to compete at a high level well into their 40s.
  2. Michael Bisping, Fabricio Werdum, Daniel Cormier, Glover Teixeira, and Randy Couture are some of the oldest UFC champions who have achieved incredible success in the sport.
  3. Anderson Silva and Yoel Romero continue to be active fighters despite being among the oldest competitors in UFC history, while Maurice Smith and Ron Van Clief proved that age should never be a hindrance to pursuing martial arts excellence.
  4. The longevity of these older fighters underscores the need for mental fortitude and dedication to training regimens as much as physical fitness in achieving sustained success in mixed martial arts competition.

Oldest Active Fighters In The UFC

Among the oldest active fighters signed with the UFC are Robbie Lawler, Holly Holm, Matt Brown, Frankie Saenz, and the oldest of them all, Andrei Arlovski at 44 years old.

1. Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler

  • Age: 41
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: Welterweight, Middleweight
  • MMA Debut: 2001
  • Date of Birth: March 20, 1982
  • Record: 29-16 (1 NC)

Robbie Lawler, a veteran of the sport and former UFC Welterweight Champion, remains an active fighter on the UFC roster at 39 years old. With a professional MMA career spanning over two decades, Lawler has faced many top contenders in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

Despite facing numerous setbacks throughout his lengthy career – including losses to current champions Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington – Lawler’s tenacity earned him a UFC Hall of Fame induction in 2020.

2. Holly Holm

Holly Holm
Holly Holm / Instagram
  • Age: 41
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight, Featherweight
  • MMA Debut: 2011
  • Date of Birth: October 17, 1981
  • Record: 15-6
  • Achievement: Won Bantamweight Championship

Holly Holm, at the age of 41, currently stands as the fourth oldest active fighter in the UFC and boasts an impressive professional MMA record of 14 wins and 5 losses.

Before transitioning to MMA, she had a successful career as a professional boxer, which helped her develop striking skills that now make her an elite competitor in the Octagon.

Throughout her career, “The Preacher’s Daughter” has scored notable victories against top contenders such as Ronda Rousey—resulting in winning the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship—Bethe Correia, and Raquel Pennington.

These accomplishments showcase not only her talent but also her ability to adapt and evolve throughout her lengthy UFC tenure.

3. Matt Brown

Matt Brown

  • Age: 42
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: Middleweight, Welterweight
  • MMA Debut: 2005
  • Date of Birth: January 10, 1981
  • Record: 23-19
  • Achievement: ISCF East Coast Welterweight Championship

Matt Brown, a veteran MMA fighter, has established himself as one of the oldest active fighters in the UFC at an impressive 42 years old. With a professional record of 22 wins and 18 losses, he continues to command respect from his opponents and fans alike.

Though not holding any title belts during his UFC tenure, Matt Brown’s longevity within the organization is remarkable given its physically demanding nature. His resilience and adaptability have been contributing factors to his success as a mixed martial artist in this highly competitive sport.

4. Frankie Saenz

Frankie Saenz
Frankie Saenz / Instagram
  • Age: 42
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight, Featherweight
  • MMA Debut: 2010
  • Date of Birth: August 12, 1980
  • Record: 12-7
  • Achievements: Flyweight Champion, Featherweight Champion

Frankie Saenz is an experienced bantamweight fighter in the UFC but is often overlooked due to his lack of high-profile fights. He has been with the organization since 2014 and has faced a mix of success and defeat in his matches.

Despite being listed as one of the oldest active fighters in the UFC, there isn’t much information about his age or fighting career that would measure up well against some of the other veteran fighters on this list.

5. Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski

  • Age: 44
  • Nationality: Belarusian/American
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: 1999
  • Date of Birth: February 4, 1979
  • Record: 34-21 (2 NC)
  • Achievement: UFC Heavyweight Championship

At 44 years old, Andrei Arlovski is currently the oldest active fighter signed with the UFC. The heavyweight has had a successful career in MMA with over 30 professional fights and remains a respected figure in the world of MMA.

Arlovski is known for his striking skills and has won many fights by way of knockout. He’s also performed well in grappling, winning several fights by submission.

Throughout his career, Arlovski has faced notable opponents such as Stipe Miocic, Fedor Emelianenko, and Frank Mir while competing in other MMA promotions alongside the UFC.

Oldest UFC Champions

Michael Bisping, who won the UFC Middleweight Championship at the age of 37 and defended it once before losing it to Georges St-Pierre, is one of the oldest ever UFC champions.

1. Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping
Credit Michael Bisping on Instagram
  • Nationality: English
  • Weight Class: Middleweight, Light Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: 2004
  • Date of Birth: February 28, 1979
  • Last Championship Fight: November 4, 2017
  • Age When Championship Lost: 38 years, 8 months
  • Record: 30-9

Michael Bisping is a name that will always be remembered in UFC history. He was associated with the oldest champions, as he won the middleweight title at 38 years and 8 months old.

While he wasn’t the oldest champion ever, he still proved to be a formidable fighter, retiring with an impressive record of 30 wins and 9 lossesBisping’s career resurgence saw him achieve his dream of becoming a UFC champion, proving that age is just a number when it comes to martial arts.


2. Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum

  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: x
  • Date of Birth: July 30, 1977
  • Last Championship Fight: May 14, 2016
  • Age When Championship Lost: 38 years, 9 months
  • Record: 24-9

At 44 years old, Fabricio Werdum is one of the oldest fighters to ever hold a UFC championship title. The Brazilian mixed martial artist won the UFC Heavyweight Championship at age 37 by submitting Cain Velasquez in the third round at UFC 188.

He went on to defend his title against Mark Hunt and Travis Browne before losing it to Stipe Miocic just one month later. Despite suffering setbacks in recent years, Werdum remains an elite competitor and will go down as one of the most accomplished heavyweights in MMA history.

3. Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier during his latest YouTube video (Image via YouTube @DC_MMA)
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: 2009
  • Date of Birth: March 20, 1979
  • Last Championship Fight: August 17, 2019
  • Age When Championship Lost: 40 years, 4 months
  • Record: 22-3 (1 NC)

Daniel Cormier is a legendary UFC fighter who has proven that age is just a number in the octagon. At 40 years and 4 months old, he became the third-oldest ever UFC champion, holding both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles.

He also made history as one of four fighters to hold two UFC titles simultaneously. Despite facing doubts during his career, Cormier’s resilience kept him at the top for longer than many thought possible.

4. Glover Teixeira

Glover Teixeira
Glover Teixeira – Image via @gloverteixeira Instagram
  • Nationality: Brazilian/American
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: 2002
  • Date of Birth: October 28, 1979
  • Last Championship Fight: June 11, 2022
  • Age When Championship Lost: 42 years, 7 months
  • Record: 34-9

Glover Teixeira is a name that’s associated with the oldest UFC champions. He made history as the second-oldest ever UFC champion and holds the record for being the oldest first-time champion in UFC history, winning the light heavyweight title at age 42.

Before winning his championship belt, Teixeira won six fights in a row. Unfortunately, he lost his title to Jiri Prochazka but has an opportunity to reclaim it by facing off against the winner of UFC 282’s main event.

5. Randy Couture

Randy Couture

  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: 1997
  • Date of Birth: June 22, 1963
  • Last Championship Fight: November 15, 2008
  • Age When Championship Lost: 45 years, 4 months
  • Last Fight: April 30, 2011
  • Age At Last Fight: 47 years, 10 months
  • Record: 19-11

Randy Couture is a legendary figure in UFC history, known for his incredible longevity and multiple championship wins in different weight classes.

He holds the record as the oldest UFC champion ever, winning five titles including both heavyweight and light heavyweight championships. At 45 years and four months old, Couture shocked the world by defeating Tim Sylvia to win the heavyweight title at UFC 68 as a massive underdog.

Oldest UFC Fighters Ever

Yoel Romero, who fought his last UFC match at the age of 45, makes the list of oldest fighters ever alongside Anderson Silva, Maurice Smith, and Ron Van Clief.

1. Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero
Photo via Instagram @yoelromeromma
  • Nationality: Cuban
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight, Middleweight
  • MMA Debut: 2009
  • Date of Birth: April 30, 1977
  • Last Fight: September 23, 2022
  • Age At Last Fight: 45 years, 4 months
  • Record: 15-6

Yoel Romero is known for his impressive athleticism and explosive power despite being in his 40s. He has had a successful MMA career, earning titles in other organizations before joining the UFC.

Despite not being mentioned among the oldest active fighters or oldest champions, Romero remains a force to be reckoned with in the octagon. His ability to deliver stunning knockouts and grappling skills have earned him a reputation as one of the most dangerous middleweights in UFC history.

2. Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva
Credit Anderson Silva on Instagram
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Weight Class: Middleweight, Light Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: 1997
  • Date of Birth: April 14, 1975
  • Last Fight: October 31, 2020
  • Age At Last Fight: 45 years, 6 months
  • Record: 34-11 (1 NC)

Anderson Silva is one of the oldest active fighters in the UFC and a legend in MMA. He held the middleweight title for an impressive seven years, with a record-breaking 16-fight win streak during his reign.

Silva has fought some of the biggest names in MMA, including Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, and Forrest Griffin. Despite not winning a fight since 2017, Silva still plans to compete in his remaining contract fight against Uriah Hall at October’s UFC Fight Night 182.

However, there is talk that he may jump to rivals Bellator if he doesn’t get offered another fight by the UFC.

3. Maurice Smith

Maurice Smith
Maurice Smith / Instagram
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight
  • MMA Debut: 1989
  • Date of Birth: December 13, 1961
  • Last Fight: November 2, 2013
  • Age At Last Fight: 51 years, 10 months (18952)
  • Record: 14-14

Maurice Smith was a legendary kickboxer before he transitioned to MMA and eventually became one of the oldest UFC fighters.

He didn’t start his MMA career until he was 34 years old, but quickly made a name for himself with his striking skills and impressive wins over notable opponents like Mark Coleman and Marco Ruas.

At the age of 37, Smith won the UFC heavyweight championship by defeating Kevin Randleman at UFC 19.

4. Ron Van Clief

  • Nationality: American
  • Weight Class: N/A
  • MMA Debut: 1994
  • Date of Birth: January 25, 1943
  • Last Fight: December 16, 1994
  • Age At Last Fight: 51, 10 months (18953)
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Ron Van Clief is one of the oldest fighters in UFC history, having competed in the organization at the age of 51. Although not mentioned in the list of active or former champions, Van Clief’s accomplishment as an older fighter deserves recognition.

He won his only UFC fight against Royce Gracie’s brother-in-law and fellow martial artist Art Jimmerson at UFC 4. Additionally, he is a successful karateka who holds several world championship titles in various martial arts disciplines outside of MMA.

Factors Contributing To Longevity In UFC

Factors such as training and physical fitness, mental resilience, adaptability, injuries and recovery all play crucial roles in the longevity of UFC fighters.

Training And Physical Fitness

Training and physical fitness are crucial factors contributing to longevity in the UFC. High-level athletes in the UFC must maintain a rigorous training regimen, including strength and conditioning workouts, sparring sessions, and grappling practice.

UFC fighters who take care of their bodies through proper training and nutrition can last longer in the octagon than those who don’t.

It’s worth noting that injuries can derail even the most dedicated UFC fighter’s career.

Mental Resilience

Mental resilience is a crucial factor for fighters to have longevity in the UFC. It involves having the ability to overcome setbacks, stay focused under pressure, and maintain a positive mindset throughout their career.

Fighters who possess mental toughness can face tough opponents without being intimidated or overwhelmed and are better equipped to handle injuries or losses. For instance, Randy Couture bounced back from two first-round TKOs early in his career and went on to become one of the oldest UFC champions ever at 45 years old.

Another example is Michael Bisping, who won the middleweight championship after losing nine fights but never lost faith in himself.


Adaptability is a crucial factor in the longevity of UFC fighters. The ability to change techniques, styles, and strategies can make all the difference in a fighter’s career.

For example, Randy Couture began as a Greco-Roman wrestler but developed his striking game and became one of the most well-rounded fighters in UFC history. This adaptability allowed him to win championships across multiple weight classes and compete into his late 40s.

Another example is Michael Bisping, who was primarily known for his grappling early in his career but transformed into a skilled striker later on, leading to him winning the middleweight championship at 37 years old.

Injuries And Recovery

One of the biggest challenges that older UFC fighters face is injuries and recovery. As fighters age, their bodies become more susceptible to acute and chronic injuries, which can in turn impact their performance in the octagon.

Even with these precautions in place, however, injuries are an inevitable part of MMA career. Some older fighters have been able to overcome even serious injuries through mental resilience and sheer determination.

Recovery also plays a crucial role in longevity for UFC fighters. Proper rehab after an injury or surgery can help restore full function to the affected area and prevent future issues from arising.

However, this process can take months or even years depending on the severity of the injury.

In conclusion,” Injuries and recovery” are essential aspects contributing towards highly skilled martial arts athletes’ professional careers like those within the UFC fighting world’s most extreme form: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).



1. Who is currently the oldest fighter in UFC?

As of 2022, the oldest active fighter in UFC is Andrei Arlovski, who was born on February 4, 1979.

2. What challenges does an older fighter face in UFC?

Older fighters may experience a decline in physical ability and endurance as they age, which can affect their performance inside the octagon. They may also be more prone to injuries due to their bodies being less resilient than those of younger fighters.

3. Are there any advantages to being an older fighter?

The experience gained from years of competing and training can provide older fighters with valuable knowledge and insights that could give them a strategic edge over younger opponents. Additionally, some fighters have been able to maintain their strength and agility well into their later years through disciplined exercise routines and healthy lifestyles.

4. How long can a fighter reasonably compete at a high level before retiring due to age?

There is no set timeline for how long a fighter can continue competing at a high level before retiring due to age since each athlete’s body has unique limitations and abilities. However, many professional athletes choose to retire from competitive sports between the ages of 35-45 years old depending upon their health status & career trajectory while others such as Randy Couture managed successful careers even after turning 40 years old by making adjustments in training routines & strategies used during fights based on aging process dictated changes impacting his body performance levels over time: it really comes down individual factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices made throughout personal history etc..


In conclusion, the UFC has seen some of its oldest fighters defy expectations and continue to compete at a high level. From Randy Couture’s legendary career resurgence to Yoel Romero’s recent battles in the octagon, age does not seem to be a limiting factor for these seasoned athletes.

The list of oldest active fighters signed with the UFC includes names like Robbie Lawler, Holly Holm, Matt Brown, Frankie Saenz, and Andrei Arlovski who all prove that there is no stopping those who have dedicated their lives to martial arts.

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