In mixed martial arts, a smaller fighter who can turn his size disadvantage into an asset can overcome any size differential. After all, it is the strength and skills that often propel you to a win.
So when a kickboxer turned MMA fighter takes on a 350-lb giant in a typical David vs Goliath showdown, the smaller fighter leaned on to his skills to dispatch his bigger foe in just a few seconds.
Back in 2004, Sam Greco and Stefan Gamlin locked horn in an MMA fight at the K-1 Beast. Greco was a known full contact karateka with vast experience in combat sports. His opponent, meanwhile, was a 350-lb giant standing at 6-foot-7.
In terms of paper, Greco obviously had the upper hand in this match, with his experience in international and professional tournaments. Gamlin, on the other hand, had a massive 100-pound advantage. So it was a literal size vs skills fight.
Greco was also known as one of the best kickboxers who had a good karate background. So that is a bad news for his heavyweight foe.
When an experienced kickboxer dipped their toes in the MMA, it doesn’t always guarantee them automatic success. They need to at least train hard to master a different level of grappling skills.
But in this video, Sam Greco showed us that he has both the kickboxing and grappling skills, enough to make a quick work of his giant opponent. Meanwhile, Gamlin failed to utilize his power advantage as he moved slower compared to Greco.
With Greco moving faster, he immediately targeted the legs of Gamlin with two instant kicks. Gamlin fell to the ground after the second kick then Greco put the finishing touch with a rear naked choke.
Watch the fight in the video below:
That was a quick and a classic finish!