First off, Randy even agrees that Chuck took him likely and has said it several times over the years.
For those saying it's a different Babalu, I think you're right. But I think it's borderline bias or hate saying that Chuck isn't a better fighter these days as well.
Chuck was coming off three straight decision wins when he fought Babalu at UFC 40. After KO'ing him, his next 6 wins were all by KO. He's become a finisher, folks.
Since Renato lost to Chuck, he's won 10 straight.... 4 by decision and 6 by submission, including his last 5 wins. Also, a finisher.
I'd give the nod to Chuck on finishing stronger opposition, though.
I think this will be a better fight than their last. I'd be shocked if it didn't make it out of the first round. I'm a fan of Babalu becuase I like his style. I'm a fan of Chuck for the same reasons..... plus, I really want to see him and Silva fight.
They've both improved in the last 4 years..... I just don't know why so many people give so much credit to Sobral, and in turn refuse to give any to Chuck.
...... proceed with the thumb arguments for lack of better intelligence.