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I was re watching an old pride fight between Anderson Silva and Ryo Chonan. It seems to be a misconception that Anderson was destroying Chonan the whole fight before Chonan locked in a flying heel hook. Upon re watching the fight, It seems to me (and the commentators) that Ryo was actually picking Anderson apart especially in the final round before the heel hook.
Either way I found it pretty interesting to watch Anderson get outworked for parts of the fight. I compare this fight to his recent fights and the improvement is HUGE, he barely takes damage these days when he fights and usually slaughters his opponents in no time.
Ryo Chonan then came to the UFC and was picked apart by lower tier fighters, that puts into perspective how much Anderson has improved over the years. If he doesn't retire next year I don't see him being beaten before the end of his career.
Most of you would have seen the fight below, but if you haven't it is worth a watch. I guess the reason I posted it is because I was really surprised at the direction that fight was taking before Anderson got caught.
Totally agree with the OP. Anderson was a very good welterweight (first man to beat Mach Sakurai) And his standup has always showed flashes of brilliance, but he never really was an elite fighter until recently. IMO It startead at the time he started to smash fools in Cage Rage, already there you can see the destructive style he has been using in the UFC. IMO I just think he has put on more skill in the ground game, more weight/strength and has even more standup skills. But I think the strength gain and his improving ground game (war Nog Bros!) is one of the biggest keys t his success over the past 4 years.
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Although I agree that Anderson has improved immensely, you should also take into account that Anderson is much more of the aggressor in this fight and is not relying on a counter style that we have been more used to seeing from him recently. For long periods in the fight he seems to be pushing forward a lot giving Chonan the opportunity to defend and counter, maybe this is because he was injured as someone suggested earlier? Either way stylistically he was a very different fighter against Chonan imo