Are there aspects of MMA where it is an advantage to be shorter?
Guys like Jeff Monson, Sean Sherk, Rousimar Palhares, Melvin Manhoef, ect are shorter guys who kick all sorts of ass for their weight divisions. It would seem that wrestlers are better if they are shorter due to the whole gravity thing,and I could see how dirty boxing would be advantageous to the shorter limbs as well. I was just wondering since im about 5'8 or 5'9 (and have a decent wrestling background) and not exactly built like a lightweight, if it would be foolish to ever hope to fight heavy guys. Usually they are easier to take down for me, and ive been training at a local gym. The reach is a semi-issue, but the strength advantage for me is huge disadvantage for them too. Why dont you see more shorter guys fighting at heavy weights? It is clear that any disadvantage created by reach is almost always made up by a strength advantage? While a guy like arlovski is 240lbs and strong with a long reach, he is not 240lb jeff monson type strong.