There have been numerous examples of ‘David vs. Goliath’ fights over the years, as we’ve discussed in previous articles, but the only way to really know for sure what these larger-than-life fighters are capable of is to match them up with someone their own size.
That’s no easy task as there’s not exactly a whole lot of fighters out there that measure up to the kind of jaw-dropping physical dimensions that would result in a worthy, ‘Clash Of The Titans’.
Nevertheless, in this article we’ll delve deep into the sports history to revisit 10 real-life examples of living giants going head-to-head in the cage or ring, from 7′ 2″ wrestlers to 520-pound sumo stars, super-heavyweight boxers to former world’s strongest man champions, all competing under MMA rules.
Giant Silva vs. Akebono
It’s a wonder the ring could support the 7’2”, 385-pound ‘Giant’ Silva at the same time as his 6’8”, 518-pound opponent, Akebono when they locked horns at K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite!!
Despite their enormous size, the two fighters had struggled in their MMA careers against significantly smaller, more agile opponents, so this fight presented them with a rare opportunity to pick on someone their own size.
A decorated star in the Sumo world, the Hawaiian born Akebono attempted to seize control of the fight early in the opening round by grabbing Silva in a body lock against the ropes.
However, Silva, who was also forging a career as a pro-wrestler, had trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Gracie family, and he put that knowledge to good use by attempting a standing kimura submission.
Unsure what to do, Akebono eventually opted to just flop on top of Silva, but the Brazilian held onto the submission, rolled on top and kept cranking on the shoulder lock until his opponent was left with no option but to tap out with just 68 seconds on the clock.