Originally Posted by heyhey
don't you think that can be attributed to him fighting Monson, Ishii and 40+ Rizzo? there aren't many modern HWs who wouldn't look like prime crocop on the feet against those guys.
i get how the level of competition was lower in his last three fights but i think that the names of his competition are a bit of a red herring. i mean, biggest thing i keyed on in his last three fights were his actual current speed and power. and amazingly, those two things in particular seemed remarkably similar to fedor's prime speed and power.
the real issue IMO came down to style- whether fedor chooses to be classic fedor, as in 'rock you on the feet and then jump in to your guard for the dramatic finish', or whether he chooses to pick you apart from outside (more boringly) with his extensive standing skill set. i mean, both werdum and hendo don't come off very well in the latter scenerio, you know? at least that's my opinion.
i think all it takes (for some fighters) is a difference in philosophy. for example, when anderson silva starting fighting as a counter-puncher, he more or less became invincible. his skillset didn't change that much, but his philosophy did. that was huge.
if carlos condit had chosen to play the diaz bros' game against nick, i think he very possibly would have gotten embarrassed, as good as a fighter as he is. he did the right thing IMO even though the macho-types put him down so much.
wanderlai silva would quite possibly have been an even better, even more successful legend if he'd utilised more selective aggression instead of aiming to please the fans. he wouldn't be as popular with less standing-and-trading of course, but with his overall talent he might have reversed a few blemishes on his record.
at the same time, i draw the line at guida versus maynard. i hope we can all agree on that one. there's got to be a point when a man stands up and acts like he's in an actual fight... FFS.