Small vs. Giant – How much does size really matter?
The foundation of the UFC was based on a single idea proposed by Rorion Gracie and came to fruition in order to answer a single question: which martial art reigns supreme? As we watch the evolution of mixed martial arts this is a question that many purists still have and as time progresses is becoming more and more difficult to answer. With the advent of cross-training, it is now pertinent for combatants to have a wide array of skills that include striking, ground fighting, and wrestling abilities.
The days where a concentration on a single art seems to be past us but every now and again we get the opportunity to witness a contest in which the spirit in which mixed martial arts was born is on full display. Enter exhibit A below. What some call a freak show exhibition others may see as an answer to the aforementioned age-old question of which martial art is more effective.
The video below shows a match which pits what appears to be a normal size mixed martial arts fighter, against a huge mountain of a man who is an accomplished sumo wrestler. What we witness below is probably what most of us expect, however; the intrigue of this matchup is hard to resist.
Will the technical skills of a much smaller man prevail against someone of such enormous size or will size outmatch skill in this contest? The modern-day line of thinking is that size and strength only matter when skill and technique are equal and the video below will put this theory to the test. Will skill and technique be enough when there is such an overwhelming size advantage or will size render any skill advantage useless?
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…