Re: was cro cop 'past it' before going to the ufc?
Nah, was still in very good nick. But I do think age played a factor, not in terms of being 'shot' but more a case of cant teach an old dog new tricks
Just didnt adapt to life in the cage, had trouble closing down Sanchez due to the larger surface area, Gonzaga's elbows on the ground were totally new to him, and Kongo pushing him up against the cage was also something he hadnt experienced. Not surprising really for a man who had 50 odd fights in a ring, not counting the years of sparring ect. Only himself to blame for that imo
Gonzaga throwing that once in a life time shot also had a huge effect on him, not nice to be finished by your own go to move, not to mention the literal toll a shot like that would take on your brain. He also bent his leg backwards too as he went down
But all these things are just the after effects of the fact that he didnt adapt to the cage and came back after his initial run to face the likes of JDS when his punch resistance was just not good enough. His lack of killer instinct was gone too in his last 5 or six UFC appearances Overall a major disappointment, but he was not shot when he made the transition initially. We have seen his rapid decline since though. But that's the case for Wandy, Chuck, Tito ect. This fighting malarky takes a toll on you