Posted by cmill21
It's a hunch and it's also a bit of an edjucated guess. Guys tend to be able to be at the top longer in K-1(Aerts, Hoost, LeBanner, ect.) Cro Cop's, bringing in all of his old trainers who helped him when he was in K-1, he's fighting for FEG and K-1 is paying better now then they once did(a big reason he left). He also said in the past that he wanted to be the Pride HW champ and the K-1 WGP champ, so if he beat Fedor he would technically have part one done, and he would just need part two. I don't think he's lost alot of speed, his kicks are still plenty fast and are faster then 99% of HW's, and his hands aren't gone they've just been hiding lol. I still think he could challenge any of K-1's best and have as very good shot at winnning.
Oh, that's cool that he wanted to finish his K1 business. I guess that would makes sense if he's brining all his old K1 trainers back. But he could definitely beat Nog. He wouldn't make the same mistake again, and has trained a lot of ground since then. Being DREAM/PRIDE/UFC champ then going to K1 and being champ there would be epic.
But everytime I watch some K1 footage, I get nostalgic. He was A LOT faster, his combinations were deadly, and most of his opponents just cowered in fear upon his onslaught.
But he is bigger/more powerful now, and yes, he is still faster then most HWs, but he was even faster before. He's also not getting any younger.