Yea the fights dont have a forced "Yea my stuff's than yours" kindergarden feel. Opponents actually use their head and SCIENCE to win battles. Its not about who's stronger physically or who possess the greater power reserve but who can use knowledge to come out on top. Plus the fights are purely physical so theres not crap like spiritual pressure bursts and shit like that.
FMA's been kinda slow lately but since its coming down to the end expect to see some more epic match ups like this one.