A girl (Griselda).
25 years old
5'5" (165 cm)
154 lbs (70 kg)
Has been going to an MMA (mixed martial arts) gym two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, for an entire year. Has been to roughly 100 classes.A guy (Mendel).
40 years old
5'9" (175 cm)
220 lbs (100 kg)
Has been going to an MMA gym three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, for seven weeks. Has been to roughly 20 classes.WHO DO YOU THINK HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF WINNING THIS FIGHT?
Some of you have convinced me the guy would most likely win the fight. I also personally think the girl would need more than just a year to outclass the guy. Maybe if she had 5 years experience, she could beat him, but one year really isn't all that much. It's still kind of a beginner.
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The girl would have great technique but no power in her punches. The guy would be able to land a solid punch and use his weight advantage in the clinch.
I’m a small guy, I can deadlift 450lbs, squat 410lbs, bench 325lbs, and have trained MMA for over a decade. I’ve fought professionally. In a self defence situation I’m still not going to fight fair with a guy who outweighs me by 70+lbs even if he’s never trained, I’m going to have to fight dirty. If I have to do that she sure as fuck isn’y gonna beat that guy in an MMA fight.
I thought in MMA, short guys like us (under six feet) were supposedly "the best" because we're (as they say) "the most balanced" and guys over six feet are too slow and have poor center of gravity? So I've been told.
I wouldn’t say that’s true, unfortunately. A tall guy has a reach advantage on the feet as long as he can maintain the distance between him and the shorter opponent with good footwork. His height isn’t necessarily going to make him slow, especially if he’s lean.
Shorter guys have a bit of an advantage when it comes to grappling because of the lower centre of gravity. It’s easier to take a guy down if your hips are lower than his.
BJJ, which they use on the ground in the cage, was created by 170lb guys to use against taller opponents who hadn’t trained to fight on the ground. In sparring I was able to get the best of 250lb guys when I weighed 140lbs, just because they didn’t know how to fight on the floor. I still wouldn’t try to have a fair fight with a big guy in a self defence situation, if he lands a lucky shot or slams me on the floor I’m done.
In MMA there are weight classes for a reason, as well as different classes for men and women. Size matters, as does the pound for pound strength difference between men and women. A top 135lb female fighter would still get smoked by an average 125lb male fighter.
A lot of people have been raised watching movies where 110lb women beat up multiple men twice their size with ease, or playing video games. Their ideas aren’t based on reality.
You should talk to @JosyJosy. Let's see how interesting this debate can get!