Originally Posted by Simon Phoenix
It's been well documented on this forum that in my opinion Ken Shamrock is the most overrated fighter of all time.. but what is it about this Cro Cop guy that makes him so great?
Sure he has pretty good KO power.. but there's more to MMA then how hard you can kick someone in the head. I'v studied tapes of his fights from Pride over the years and there's no way he's gonna be able to dominate the superior fighters of the UFC the way he did in Japan. His ground game is terrible, and from what i'v seen he has a terrible chin too. Even the first fighter he fought in the UFC said his kicks didnt hurt as bad as they make them out to be.. i guaruntee you he wouldnt be able to last a round if he got thrown into the octagon with Chuck. If he fights Randy, he'll get submitted in 2 rounds. You can quote me on that too.
I'll tell you what makes him so great...
It is unbelievably hard to actually hit him. The guy has almost feline like reaction rate. His ability to get out of a "sticky situation" is amazing. Go look at the strongest opponents that have versed him in recent years (Fedor is an exception) and see how much luck they've had actually getting a fist to his face.
His striking is amazing. So many of his fights end after only a few punches.
His take down defense is great.
His kicking game we all know is great.
The guy fights just like a cat. Very inquisitive, goes in takes risk, but when he gets in trouble (ie in the corner getting punched at) he has an amazing way of finding his way out of it without getting hit. This guy is so amazingly fast.
And he's improved soo much in the last couple of years.
No chance Cro Cop is overrated by most mma-heads.
But I do agree with you, he'll find the cage much harder to deal with than the ring. It will be a real disadvantage to him. If the Eddie fight was in a ring he would've been out in under 2 minutes, trust.
The cage is one of the stupidest inventions in my opinion... Annoying shit.