Originally Posted by Breadfan
Which 5-10 year period did he duck all opponents and only fought cans?
Sure. Let's start by journeying back to 2008. You've got Silvia (joke), completely dominated by LHW Couture. KO'd by Mercer a 50 year old boxer. Then AA (who lost to Silvia twice) was puffed up by the media as the #2 HW in the world (we can thank Sherdog for that). He of course was exposed afterward. Then the mighty Fedor takes on the tire salesman, who actually looked really good against Fedor for a while, and embarrassed him a bit. Then came Werdum, freshly cut from the UFC, suffering loses from JDS and even AA. For sure he would keep the "winning streak" going. Ooops. He armbars Fedor with relative ease. Then Big Foot utterly destroys him. Then what does the last imperious one do? Hey! let's take on a really old middleweight. Yeah, that'll get us a win for sure!! Our legacy is saved! Not.
So what was going on before 2008 with the greatest of all time? Why there was Hong Man! Before that? Linland "the Law". A natural 185 pounder. Before that Mark Hunt and Mark Coleman (a natural LHW).
Sorry this is not the resume of the greatest HW of all time. Was he exciting? Yes. Was he good? Yes. Anything beyond that is emotional.