Originally Posted by Toxic
Tim Sylvia's loss to Fedor.
I would go even further and say Sylvia's loss to Arlovski. He became scared and started to fight to not lose instead of fighting to win. His first victory over Arlovski solidified his new mindset when he was knocked down and nearly submitted a second time. You could see the terror in his eyes.
Likewise, Arlovski's loss to Sylvia saw a new, more timid, Arlovski be born. He was afraid to get hit and never engaged as he did. In the third Sylvia fight and the Werdum fight he just seemed unwilling to engage. He even took a cheapshot victory over Cruz. Though it was Cruz's own fault for not seeing Andre's fist cocked back for 30 seconds and a bit of the ref's (Herb Dean I believe) for not standing them up.
Brandon Vera's loss to Sylvia saw him become more timid and unwilling to unleash his strikes. Up until then he was considered the next big thing at Heavyweight and a potential future champ, now he's kind of a middle-of-the-pack guy.