Yeah I agree ultimately it was a change for the best. He kind of fell in love with his standup just like Kos did. Hard to beat when he sticks to his wrestling. But again I think the speed plays a factor in that department as well. Rashad is faster then most LHW and can get his shot on most guys in that division. With Anderson's style and speed I think it will be hard for Rashad to shoot in. Just looking at the list of guys Rashad has fought in his career the guys that have given him the most problems are the guys can match his speed or even have the advantage over him in that department. Jones, Machida and even Bisping. Anderson blows them all away when it comes to speed.
Anderson is an entirely different fighter. He isn't elusive like Machida is. (He is elusive but he uses a lot more head movement where Machida comes in and out a lot more), JBJ had a huge reach advantage compounded with the fact that he has a very very good wrestling base. And Bisping has much better TDD than Silva has.