Posted by Copenhagen
I don't think his status is slipping.
Here's a pretty good video that shows some of Arlovski's combos against Fedor in slow motion : Link (starts at 1:15)
After watching the video, I realized the few times I thought Fedor was outclassed on his feet he actually was not. Arlovski did land a very nice push kick, but Fedor had a pretty good answer for that.
I'v seen this before and although it does show he blocked some of Arlovski's shot theirs also a hell of a lot more that landed and Fedor did very little to mount a offensive.
The same with Rogers, he seamed to absorb a lot more punishment and mount a lot less offensively in the whole fight.
Also I have a sort of pet hate for videos that slow down fights to prove points because its very rare a solid punch will land flush and if it does the guy that gets hit usually goes to sleep. Nate Marquardt's AWESOME video game combo he hit Gouveia with is another example of how this can be used. When you watch that slowed down Nate hits Gouveia with maybe 2 clean shots but he still did enough to put Gouveia on his back foot and land effective shots. The same can be said for Arlovski in the Fedor fight.
Watching it live all those shots look to have landed so they will accumulate points and be held in favor of the guy throwing as appose to the guy absorbing even glancing blows.
The point still stand that Arlovski was beating Fedor to the punch each time and what he did land flustered Fedor and kept him from mounting a offensive.
Compared to 2005 when he was holding his own against a prime CroCop, who was arguably the most devastating and technical striker in MMA at the time and still mounted offensive strikes.
Don't get me wrong, Fedor is a solid striker but I can see why the post lay off Ali comparison is valid. He's still number one but as the great George Forman said "They started to touch him, them shots that he used to be wise to. They started to land".