Re: was cro cop 'past it' before going to the ufc?
Im a big crocop fan. ive been watching him for years! even before pride days.
i remember he destroyd everyone in the 2006 open weight grand prix. he looked scary.
then he goes into the ufc and fights eddie sanchez. i remember this fight like it was yesterday. he didnt look the same. looking all smiley, no scary stare down. infact it looked like the pressure was getting to him. rampage once said that the ufc jitters are REAL! they obviously affected him.
he also stopped being a complete fighter. relying heavily on his left head kick rather than use boxing to set it up. i remember the sanchez fight wasnt a great performance and he was dominated by gonzaga before the big KO. just wasnt the same guy.
he's always smiling and looking almost submissive during the prefight staredown. and touching gloves during the fight.
it shows how big a part the mental game is in everything we do!