Interspecies Conflict/Assorted fights


Thanks again BK!

Some fights:

1: Honey badger vs. Bengal tiger at parity
2: Wolverine vs. Bengal tiger at parity
3: Perentie vs. clouded leopard at parity
4: Game-bred pit vs. musth elephant at parity
5: Game-bred pit vs. fighting bull at parity
6: Mandrill vs. brown hyena at parity
7: Komodo vs. musth elephant at parity

Thanks again,

Hello Martin.

Honey badger vs Bengal tiger (at parity): Both animals will have strong bites & dangerous claws, but each will have advantages over the other.  The honey badger will have thick skin to help protect it from the tiger's attack.  Even the skin around the neck of the honey badger is thick, and this will make it harder for the tiger to complete a kill with a throat bite.  The honey badger will also have an edge in stamina.  The tiger will have the edge in quickness & agility, and will be more practiced at using its forepaws to control positioning.  The honey badger will be trying to bite the tiger as much as it can, and the tiger will (after a volley of paw strikes) attempt to use its claws & agility to secure a good hold on the mustelid (to deliver a finishing bite).  The tiger's ability to finish & its experience doing so will be its trump card in this battle.  The honey badger will put up a great fight, but it will be slightly below the tiger's level at equal weights.  Bengal tiger wins.

Wolverine vs Bengal tiger (at parity): Wolverines are among the strongest mammals pound-for-pound, and their ferocity is legendary.  They have strong bites (can crunch through frozen meat & bone), and have powerful limbs with sharp claws.  The tiger will still have an advantage in quickness & agility, and as with the honey badger fight, it will have a huge asset in its ability to finish adversaries with a well-honed technique.  The tiger will need to find a way to finish quickly, as its endurance will not be as good as the wolverine's.  Wolverines are a match for anything in its weight range, but the same can be said for tigers.  This ferocious battle can go either way.  50/50.

Perentie vs Clouded leopard (at parity): Perenties are versatile combatants because they use their powerful tails to strike as well as strong jaws to deliver bites.  They also have sharp claws.  The clouded leopard is quick & extremely agile, but trying to pounce onto the perentie to deliver a killing bite will be problematic because the cat will have to worry about avoiding the lizard's jaws & tail.  The clouded leopard's ability to kill quickly with its long upper canines is its ace-in-the-hole.  The clouded leopard should be able to use its speed to avoid the jaws & sink its claws in to gain a favorable position more times than not, but a perentie is capable of making quick movements.  Once the cat is able the secure a hold on the front half of the perentie, it will be reasonably safe from the jaws & tail long enough to plunge its sharp teeth into the lizard's neck.  The clouded leopard will need to be determined to win, because any serious resistance from the perentie would repel the cat in a realistic situation.  If both combatants are willing to fight to the finish, the clouded leopard will have enough assets (especially agility, paw usage, & finishing ability) to prevail more times than not.  Edge to clouded leopard.

Game-bred pit vs Musth elephant (at parity): American pit bull terriers are extremely strong & athletic, and a game-bred one will battle stubbornly until it drops.  It will look to latch onto its opponent with its jaws (usually at the face/head/neck area), and will usually shake its head violently to induce further tissue damage.  Nothing on land can match an elephant in battle at absolute weights, but a parity fight with an APBT changes the rules.  The APBT will be quicker, and its relentless attack will be very effective considering how big its head will be once it is scaled to match the elephant's size.  The tusks of the elephant can certainly do some damage, but it will not have the same level of effect as the APBT's attack.  Even the fact the elephant is in musth won't be enough to offset the APBT's assets.  Game-bred pit bull wins.  

Game-bred pit vs Fighting bull (at parity): Fighting bulls are muscular & aggressive, and can generate a great deal of power behind their horn thrusts.  The horns of this bovid are well-positioned (pointing forward) to enable them to impale opponents quite easily.  As formidable as they are, an equal-sized APBT will be a very capable foe.  The APBT will charge in quickly and seize the bull on the front end, and the horn thrusts by the bull as the dog is coming in won't make a big enough dent to deter it.  Once the APBT clamps on, the fighting bull will be in trouble.  It won't have an effective counter-attack (unless the canine's jaws latch onto an area it didn't intend to bite) for the APBT as it hangs onto it.  It's not easy to imagine a fighting bull being overcome by a similar-sized animal, but looking at a scaled comparison between the 2 animals will help tell the story.  The APBT will be just as tall at the shoulder as the bull, and its quickness will be an enormous advantage.  The bull mighty get lucky on a rare occasion, but most of the time it will be outmatched.  Game-bred pit bull wins.

Mandrill vs Brown hyena (at parity): Brown hyenas typically weigh 10-20% more than a mandrill, so the scaling here won't be extreme.  This will be a battle of the bites, and each animal's jaws & teeth will be somewhat unique.  Mandrills have upper canines almost as long as toothpicks, and they can be used to apply quick, multiple wounds before much time passes by.  The brown hyena has a robust head with powerful, bone-crushing jaws, and it will likely try to grab onto an area of the mandrill's body & maintain a strong hold (while pulling forcefully).  The brown hyena will have an edge in durability (how much damage it can take), but the mandrill will have an edge in mobility.  It will be hard for the hyena to get a bite it wants, and the mandrill has the use of its hands to aid in defense & grabbing (to help land bites).  A mandrill will actually give a brown hyena a very close fight at absolute weights, and should have the edge at parity.  Mandrill wins.

Komodo vs Musth elephant (at parity): Komodo dragons are powerful reptiles with claws suited for effective digging, a whip-like tail, & a dangerous bite with sharp teeth used to tear flesh.  It was once believed that the komodo dragon's bite was effective in dispatching victims based solely on the presence of bacteria, but it is now known that the komodo also produces a toxin that induces shock in its prey.  The elephant will be extremely aggressive & will likely initiate attack, but it won't have the discretion (or the lateral movement) to avoid a bite from the huge lizard.  The armor-like hide of the Komodo will help protect it from the elephant's charges, and should buy it enough time to let its deadly bite take effect.  Komodo dragon wins.

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