Originally Posted by Old school fan
I don't know man, I don't think Anderson fought anyone on Big Nog or Crocop's level.
Anderson has fought several people on Crocop's level. Mainly because PRIDE never die and those ridiculous and delusional fans don't realize that Cro Cop was just another decent HW who from an all-time standpoint is fairly marginal...especially if we are talking P4P.
This is a guy who got knocked out by Kevin Randleman and Gabriel Gonzaga in his prime...a guy who lost to Mark Hunt in his prime...in an MMA match....a guy who was beaten pillar to post by Cheick Kongo....all of these guys absolutely marginal HWs by any stretch of the imagination. Sure his wins over guys smaller than him like Wanderlei were nice, and winning the GP was nice and beating a great HW like Barnett is super awesome..but he's also incredibly inconsistent and was never really that skilled for MMA.
As far as Big Nog, Dan Henderson. Easily. Dan Henderson is arguably a greater fighter P4P than Big Nog. Hell, he SPLIT fights with Big Nog despite being 40lbs lighter. He also...well...KO'd Fedor himself.