As a child, I remember distinctly that the short and stocky fighters were always the most feared. And there are definitely fighters with that type of build who still dominate, but I find that today's generation are wondering how to defeat a taller opponent.
When a tall and lanky fighter knows how to utilize their reach to keep you on the outside, it makes it extremely difficult to hit them because they simply have the advantage of longer limbs. If you and your taller opponent were to strike at the same time, their punches and kicks would land before your strikes. The short and stocky fighters hit with a lot of power, and sometimes all it may take from them is a Woodley-like overhand punch knockout.