Cain Velasquez is smart, strong, has amazing cardio, is a skilled wrestler, a powerful striker, and completely dwarfed by his UFC 121 opponent in Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar isn't just big, however; he's talented as well.
The question most of us are asking isn't whether Brock will win, but if it is even possible for Velasquez to win. Though this is a very important dilemma, it is hardly a new one. Sure, we know big fighters impose their will on smaller guys all the time, but how about when it's the other way around?
Sometimes I think we forget that MMA is just as much about technique and luck as it is about athleticism, strength, and size. For every Goliath, there is a David.
Is Cain Velasquez the David of Brock Lesnar? We won't know for sure for a couple of hours, but there are plenty of cases to support that he just might be.
Here are five fights that proved why size doesn't matter.