Originally Posted by SuzieQ49
Wlad's prime started post 2006 when his training with Manny Steward finally started to pay dividends, and he began to understand the system. Wladimir has improved A TON since 2004. I think to any non bias observer, it should be clear that Wladimir is a much better fighter now than 10 years ago.
So, my question is, when will people stop bringing up losses that happened 9-14 years ago to a completely different fighter?
When a fighter loses, he's shot, when he wins, he's prime material. Isn't that the general pathetic logic?
Fact is, Wladimir was in his physical and mental prime but wasn't prepared properly to perform at the level he's supposed to considering his physical attributes. Emannuel Steward pretty much clearly taught him what he's supposed to do. You can be in your prime but fight out of the style you're supposed to, proper conditioning and coaching/guidance is there to fix that.