well lets size up our contestants first, we will assume same maturaty level,
Weight- 40 pounds (18kg)
Weapons -incisor 3/3, canine 1/1, premolar 4/4, molar 1/2 for a total of 38 teeth. Claws are curved and semi-retractile.
Build- The wolverine's head is broad and rounded, with small eyes and short rounded ears. Its legs are short, with five toes on each foot; posture is considered semiplantigrade, as the metatarsal pads of the hind feet rarely contact the ground. The skull of the wolverine is robust; powerful dentition and associated musculature enable the wolverine to forage on frozen meat and bone.
Armor-Wolverine pelage is typically a thick, glossy dark brown.
Defenses-Although wolverines have well developed anal musk glands, musking appears to be used primarily as a fear-defense mechanism and is associated with cautionary raised tail posture
Temperment- Highly aggressive if cornered, documented reports of wolverines chasing grizzley bears off their kills.
Diet- mostly carnivorous
Lifestyle-completely solitary unless raising pups or mating.
Ok, and in this corner
Weight-32 pounds (14kg)
weapons- strong claws which can be up to 40mm long. small needle like teeth, extremely sharp.
Build-Despite their appearance, ratels are not badgers, but belong to a sub-family of their own, the Melllivoines. Ratels have short legs and a low body which is characteristic to Mustelids. The ratel is black on top and underneath, with a contrasting white stripe that begins just above the eyes and ends at the tip of the tail, covering the entire width of the back, from shoulder to shoulder.
Armor- oftne known to attack poisonous snakes, relying on its shaggy coat to protect it from harm.
Defenses-When threatened a ratel can feign death but usually attacks and has even been known to attack human hunters and cars. Ratels, like most mustelids, secrete foul smelling anal secretions to discourage enemies
Temperment-The ratel is omnivorous, but as a predator, uses its quickness to run down much of its prey. Squat and muscular, it always ready to defend itself, it has been known to attack animals much larger than itself such as the African buffalo, the gnu, or waterbuck (i.e.) extremely aggressive.
Diet- The ratel's favorite treats are honey and bee larva. Although it is most often found feasting on small reptiles, rodents, birds, insects and even carrion but it also eats fruits, berries, roots, plants, and eggs
Lifestyle-Generally a solitary animal but it has been observed in small groups. These groups are most likely family groups. They are very secretive and usually nocturnal, hunting at night.
O.k there you go, given all the facts i will now make my verdict.
AND THE WINNER IS>>>>>>>>> Wolverine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is how the fight would go down..
Both wolverine and Badger catch wind of another animals kill and come running. Badger gets there first due to speed and chases off the predator, followed closely by the wolverine.
Both have their eye on the prize and both are too aggressive and stubborn to back off. The scent throwing begins, with the wolverine puffing out his tail and spraying much like a skunk, this irratates the badger causing him to do the same. Both animals are now smelly and extremely pissed off but noone injured yet.
The wolverine, after much posuring charges in and the fur starts flying. The wolverine claws are ineffectual, causing minimal damage to badger due to its course wiry fur, badgers claws only impose superficial wounds on wolverine due to its extremely thick winter fur. after much scuffeling and snarling and snapping of jaws the wolverine manages to get ahold of the bagders leg in its mouth, and its extremely powerfull jaws snap the bones like a twig. The wolverines diet of frozen meat has given it the edge. where the badger has long claws and quickness it lack the jaw strength to pose a real threat and its teath have trouble getting through the wolverines defences will the wolverines jaws and skull are built to crush through ice and bone.
It would be a hidousely nasty fight, but the ability to crush bone would give the wolverine an edge in an otherwsise almost perfectly matched fight.