Originally Posted by The Batkilt
If you're going to include his kayo of old man Hendo, you could have acknowledged Hendo decisioning him years beforehand.
But I don't think it's the stylistic match up with wrestlers that is Vitor's problem. When he's underwhelmed - for lack of a better word - it's been more mental, imo. It's not all down to his sister's kidnap & murder - he'd already became inconsistent before then - but that definitely didn't help. But regardless of the reasons why, I think a lot of his losses are partly down to Vitor's mental make up.
I will agree that Vitor has had issues with his mental game throughout his first part of his career...
he was young kid fighting in this sport, he went through his first four fights in under a minute (except 1:17 tra fight), Randy couture fight is when he got mentally broken when he didnt win in his usually fashion, he had that same issue with Sakuraba and Liddell.
Then in 2004 his whole sister situation happened, he went 2-5 for the next 2 years and his loses were to elite guys (Couture, Tito, Overeem x2, Hendo)... I try to erase those two years from my memory, bad time for him...
Since then he improved his mental game and his overall game, since 2006 he has been 10-2 and his loses were both to arguably the two best P4P guys in the sport... Vitor has come a long way