Originally Posted by SimpleJack
I'm a huge shogun fan and he looked a bit slower and off last night.
Definitely. Yes, he won and in my opinion won all rounds until that point (I have to re-watch the round where Brandon got the takedown but did nothing with it), but he got tired way too fast into the fight and some of his punches were really sloppy as a result.
Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre
I'm of the belief that Shogun has alot of wear and tear on his body and for his age, he's taken a tremendous amount of damage. I HATE when you hear the complement, "he's got a helluva chin/iron chin", because those are the guys that end up suffering from the longterm consequences, having taken so many shots. I love watching Shogun fight, but I fear how much more he can take.
I really recommend studying TBI(traumatic brain injury) to get a greater grasp on the wide-ranging impact of concussions and from there, what concussions really are. There's an excellent PBS:Frontline episode on sports concussions you can view online that really highlights that you don't need to be knocked out to suffer a concussion.
I personally don't think his fight with Vera was as much of a war as people make it out to be. Sure Shogun did take some damage but Vera was the one getting nailed most of the fight, getting GnP'd and dropped a few times. It looked more like a war because of how fatigued Shogun looked.
Nonetheless your overall point is correct. He has been in multiple wars, most recently against Hendo and Jones (the latter being a one-sided war). That's a lot of wear and tear on the body, and a great deal of accumulating concussions. There is very little research on the association of the duration of each knockout (in any sport) to the impact of brain tissue, however, there is plenty of research suggesting that the number of knockouts is associated with deterioration of brain tissue. Sure, Shogun has not been knocked out but what is considered a knockout varies when you are watching it as a viewer and when you're a neurologist. For the latter, a flash of 1 second meets the threshold.