I wonder what Shogun would look like presently if his knees weren't so horribly damaged? His wrestling has never been that great and LHW has some solid wrestlers these days
I don't think he would be champion but I think he would be top three, at least. Jones is just a terrible matchup for him stylistically speaking and I think Gustafsson would probably beat him too. Perhaps Cormier as well? This is just pure speculation though, we don't really know and probably never will. But the Shogun that fought Machida twice was absolutely brilliant, as was the Shogun back in Pride. I'll never forget that absolute thrashing he gave Rampage (my favorite fighter at the time). I was in shock at how dominant he looked and how completely outclassed Rampage was. I've never seen Rampage look scared before but he looked completely terrified once the fight had stopped. Like he met a ghost or something.