Cro-Cops entire career is tainted by the fact that he was totally god awful since pride. Kinda like Rua. Like they are totally different beasts back then. Always leaves me thinking PEDs we're involved in their better moments.
I highly doubt that, the rules were very different in PRICE vs UFC plus ring vs. octagon.
If PRIDE was around and UFC folded, I would be willing to bet guys used to the octagon would have very dismal showings when they transitioned over to the ring (+ head stomps and soccer kicks).
Not saying there wasn't PED abuse in Japan, there clearly was (but I highly doubt with these 2 legends).
R.I.P. PRIDE FC
Jon Jones . Travis Browne . Demian Maia. Cain Velasquez. Fabricio Werdum