Originally Posted by DonaldSterling
I was what could be considered a Pride fanboy, lately I've been seeing Best of Pride and tho it is entertaining you can definitely notice the skill and athletic difference compared to current UFC fighters for the most part. As for guys like Shogun he became noticeably better when he came to the UFC, I watched his fight with Gono as well as others and his striking was, for lack of a better term, god awful. He was tough and aggressive but his punches looked like a pissed off little kid who had never been trained to punch.
Shogun definitely became a more technical striker in the UFC(although he obviously wasn't lacking in power beforehand) but not IMHO a better fighter, the Pride version was physically superior and I'd say a much more dangerous grappler.
I look at HW today though and honestly I don't think the level of striking is nearly as good as it was a few years ago when you had Fedor, Crocop, Sergei, Hunt, Aleks, Arlovski etc at their best.
The main shifts post Pride have I'd say been towards more fighters with a wrestling base rather than striking or submission fighting as well as more fighters looking to win decisions via points.
The divisions that have advanced in those years are IMHO those that didn't have the same level of investment until recently, 170, 185 and the lower weightclasses.