Yeah, the second I heard Wandy wanted to move up to fight Crocop I was stunned. It's like he not only moved up in weight but he moved up and fought one of the baddest heavyweights at the time. I was thinking maybe fight a scrub or two first but no, it's like I moved up, give me the baddest russian who's not named Fedor, out there.
Wandy didn't move up in weight to fight Mirko, it was an open weight tournament. Wandy replaced Fedor because Fedor had a busted up hand. Since Wandy was also a champ at the time (Lower weight class), he got a first round bye, fought Fujita(heavyweight) and demolished him. Then he ended up against Mirko in the semis and the rest is LHK highlight reel histroy. Mirko then went on to win by accidental eye poke against Josh Barnett.
Still, the fact that Wandy stepped in to replace Fedor in an open weight tournament speaks to his spirit. Yeah, it was open weight, but generally that means the really big fuckers. Silva is big, but not that big.
I've heard alot of rumors that Wandy was juicin' while he was in Pride. It would explain why he has lost a little ferociousness in UFC, but I don't think he was beefin' on roids the whole time. Wandy is still an animal though.
There was that rumor with a lot of PRIDE guys. I can believe it could happen, but I don't think it was rampant. UFC guys are getting busted too. I think what some of the loss of ferociousness is due to are the rule changes between Japan and the US. It's different when you can't knee a downed opponent or soccer kick them in the face. Doesn't matter who you are, you look mean when you soccer kick a dude. Now he has to rely more on punching and grappling rather then knees and kicking. The UFC has rules that give the advantage to grappler's. It's not intentional, it's just how it is. A striker can land a near KO punch and if the opponent weathers and takes the guy down 6 times the rest of the round but does no damage, the take downs will cost the striker the round, even though he did more damage.
The cage doesn't help matters either, but I still prefer it to a ring.
In other news, Irvin got busted for using Methadone and Oxymorphone before the Silva fight. I guess he knew in advance how badly he was going to get beaten on by The Spider.
And in our last story, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson went insane because he thought he was god.