The Youth Advantage

I’ve already tackled several aspects of the “Tale of the Tape,” but one number that can have a greater effect than all others is perhaps the least discussed: age difference. In a highly competitive sport requiring incredible feats of strength, endurance, agility and flexibility, it should be no surprise that youth brings a physical advantage. But experience and maturity is invaluable in MMA, just as in any other strategic competition, and mental factors can heavily influence a fight outcome before fighters even step in the cage. Which one wins, youth or experience? Let’s settle...

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Size Matters. The Numbers Don’t Lie.

There’s a rumor that “size doesn’t matter.” Perhaps size isn’t supposed to matter in the grand scheme of things, but we all know it does. Life just isn’t fair that way. In reality, inadequate size severely limits your likelihood of playing NBA hoops or even becoming president. Conversely, no wrestlers cut from the Sumo squad will ever be competitive divers, horse jockeys or fighter pilots. Basic anthropometrics (e.g., human measurements like height, reach, hand dominance, etc.) will follow you everywhere, and influence your life in subtle, but significant ways. And the surrounding...

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