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David beats Goliath in extraordinary Brazilian MMA bout

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We often talk about David vs Goliath in sport, Leicester City winning the Premier League at 5000/1 odds, George Bastl beating seven-time champion Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2002 and Japan defeating the Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but have you seen anything quite like this?

In Brazil, a real-life David vs Goliath scenario in the Favela Combat 31 MMA event in the featherweight division took place last weekend, but it didn't produce the outcome you would probably expect…

The fight involved Celso and Savio. Celso’s height, a tiny 5 foot 4 inches, whereas Savio stood at a giant 6 foot 7 inches.

That makes Savio an incredible, whole foot and three inches taller than his opponent, it almost looked like a child taking on his father.

The weigh-in ahead of the fight was amusing, in particular, the gentleman in between the pair whose smile resembled a kid in a candy shop, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing!

In an age where we talk about fine margins, for example Tyson Fury having an advantage over Deontay Wilder because his slightly longer reach, it seemed ludicrous to give Celso any chance of winning this one with the considerable difference in reach and general height advantage.

Watching the bout, as you can imagine, makes for strange viewing.

However, it was the giant, Salvio who lacked conviction and power in his strikes and against all odds the underdog Celso was awarded the victory on a points decision.

You can watch the full fight below - we will warn you, though, it isn't the most exciting fight you are ever going to see. At one point (roughly 17:50 in) it appears the referee even stops the fight to tell the two fighters to actually do something.

On a weekend of great sporting stories, with Tiger Woods victorious at the Masters after going over a decade without winning a major, this one will for obvious reasons slip under the radar but it goes to show the unpredictability of sport.

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