In the world of combat sports, size isn’t everything, but it’s definitely something. The simple fact is that when a smaller competitor fights a much larger competitor, that smaller competitor will probably come up short—no pun intended.
There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. Over the course of combat sports history, there are been many fighters who have thrived against larger foes, relying on technique, speed and ring-craft to channel David and topple their Goliaths.
These giant-slayers exist in many combat sports. In the world of boxing, Manny Pacquiao is a great and recent example of a fighter who, though undersized, found a way to win and dominate against larger foes. Mike Zambidis is a similarly strong example from the world of kickboxing.
And of course, there have been many examples of these giant slayers in the combat sports melting pot of mixed martial arts, all of whom captured the imaginations of the fans by defying physics and toppling titans that you would think could simply squash them underfoot.
Here are a few examples of these giant slayers in MMA.