does that apply to shogun...i still think he is the same fighter from his pride days.
No it doesn't apply to him.
Because he is training his ass off in between fights!
It's just that, imo, the HW division has changed more than the others.
How many heavyweights from Fedor's golden days are still relevant?! NONE! The UFC HWs from that time are crap and the Pride HW pretty much the same. Fedor was the last one to fall!
The fact that Nogueira and Cro Cop haven't announced their retirement yet means hit!
They have one good fight left in them: against eachother!
Top UFC HW from that time: Sylvia, Arlovski, Rizzo, Couture mean nothing today.
5 years ago nobody knew anything about Cain, JDS, Carwin, Schaub, or Silva.
The LHW on the other hand still has some fighters going strong: Shogun, Rampage, Henderson, Lil Nog (kinda), Belfort and Wanderlei at 185...