Why do sports fans only have short term memories one fight old?
Couture knocked down Sylvia within seconds of the first round, and Herring battered Nogueira, knocking him down on several occasions.
Mur nearly KO'ed Kongo, and dropped Lesnar with a knee.
All of those guys are capable of finishing fights standing, or at least of showing tremendous power.
Brock stood in the pocket and exchanged with all of them without any sign of timidity (at least until Mur II), yet against Carwin and Cain, he ran for the hills.
These are two different fighters (Brock I and Brock II) with clearly different mentalities and proclivities.
It's almost as if Brock has been replaced.
Dude his first 4 fights were against Herring, Couture, Murr, and Min Sook (or somthing).
Clearly he did not have anything to be afraid of in the stand up department vs Mir. Couture has barely ever shown punching power worth considering (most of the time if he is putting you in danger froms trikes he is on top of you). Herring is another submission fighter.
His last two fights were against a knockout wrecking ball in Carwin, who probably hits harder than anyone in the UFC, and Cain who finished every single opponent he had via strikes except one.
Seriously your argument, and anyone else who thinks Brock has "changed" since the illness, is nothing but pure speculation. You have absolutely no evidence or logic to back up why you think that other than a perceived difference in performance that is actually a result of him fighting strikers (crazy talk!).
What makes more sense given what we know? That Brocks illness made him become a timid fighter, or that he didn't want to strike with strikers.
A wrestler who didn't wanna strike with two guys that have been koing there opponents left and right and instead wanted to wrestle? Ya your right...must have been getting sick...