MMA fighter vs. MUCH larger Olympic Judo gold medalist
In this video, we see MMA fighter Yoshihiro Nakao fight Olympic Judo gold medalist David Khakhaleishvili who hails from Georgia and is clearly the much larger man.
Interestingly enough though, this was actually Nakao’s first-ever professional MMA fight and the judoka’s third pro fight giving him the edge in MMA experience in addition to being much larger.
The judoka’s size may actually be more of a hindrance than anything in this fight though as he looks to be quite a bit out of shape. For some reason, it seems that a lot of judo guys seem to have big guts and carry around a lot of extra body weight. Perhaps the fat helps to cushion them from all the throws they sustain during training or perhaps just judo isn’t as physically demanding as other grappling arts like BJJ or wrestling where you have to always be in tip-top shape.
As expected, the Olympic Judo gold medalist is quick to tire out in this fight due to not being in very good shape. He never really utilizes much of his judo either it seems and he seems perfectly content to stand and trade for much of this fight.
While both guys look to be pretty green in this one (which is not surprising given it’s their first and third fight), Nakao is able to get the win here by pretty much just being in better condition and finishes his larger opponent with punches on the ground.
For Khakhaleishvili, this would be his last MMA fight. Nakao, however, would go on to have a pretty successful MMA career, fighting in PRIDE FC where he won 2 fights and lost 1.
ABOUT DAVID KHAKHALEISHVILI:
David Khakhaleishvili (Born 28 February 1971 in Kutaisi) is a retired heavyweight Georgian judoka, mixed martial artist, and Olympic gold medalist.
He was expected to defend his heavyweight Olympic title at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, U.S. in a highly-anticipated match against the reigning world champion, David Douillet, but Khakhaleishvili and his coach went to the wrong location for weigh-ins and Khakhaleishvili was disqualified from the competition for failing to make weight. [Source: Wiki]