Another thing to consider is that guys who have a strength advantage tend to employ said advantage, and when it works, it’s great, but when it doesn’t, it’s not so great.
If you can Bob Sapp piledriver a dude and kill them, that’s pretty cool. HOWEVER, the amount of struggle and strain it takes to set that up is MASSIVE compared to a more conventional way to end a fight. Guys who try to overpower/outmuscle their opponents wear out quickly because it’s an exhausting way to fight compared to someone that is a little more strategic, picks their shots, rests when it’s time to rest, etc.
Take any guy in combat sports with great conditioning and have them wail on a bag for a full 3 minute round and they will be huffing wind. It’s just not a very intelligent way to fight if you wanna last a long while. HOWEVER, if you’re 300lbs of muscle, those 3 minutes might be all you need, and you MAY even be able to overcome a better fighter simply because they aren’t equipped to handle that much abuse in such short order.
We saw this with Mariusz. No one is going to question his conditioning, but his approach to fighting in the early days was just exhausting. Great when he could bully an opponent, but as soon as he ran into anyone that could withstand the charge, he got too gassed. He’s gotten smarter now, with a better record. Meanwhile, Bob Sapp still just goes with the 30 second bulrush and then lays down.