Originally Posted by I Know It All
Wrestling and American Football. I know. Shocking right. Have you? What level of competition would you say brings out the ring rust? Does it have to be the highest level? Can a high school football star be rusty after a summer break? There is debut jitters, but everyone is nervous the first time they do anything. Those are just nerves. Fighters deny the existence of ring rust all the time. It was created because a popular fighter lost and people needed a way to explain how super popular A lost to not so likable B. It's just another excuse. 9/10 times a fight would play out the exact same the very next day. Not saying all rematches play out the same way. People progress differently over time. Fighters go months and months without a fight.
How long is it for a long layoff to matter? 6 months? Champions fight about 2 times a year as it is. Sometimes less. What makes 7 months different than the regular 6 months?
As a kid wrestling. Not an even enough of a playing field to notice. Skill gaps were too large to attribute anything minor to winning or losing so it's irrelevant. As an adult road racing ( 1/2marathons, marathons , 10k ect) You can go out and run repeats on a track , do tempo runs until you puke ect ect (all very important stuff) but NOTHING sharpens you like racing regularly. You venture into deeper waters in actual competition than you ever do in practice. You just cant replicate actual competion in practice 100%.
Also how many fighters are going to say " yeah , I'm a little rusty , hope my timing and instinct are still topnotch " before fight? They are all always " 100% healthy" or " never been in better shape" prefight. They have to think this way , confidence is supremely important in competition.
Maybe Weidman with a little rust was @ 98% was still good enough to beat Silva. I guess I don't see why everything is so black and white or all or nothing with some folks. " Well he had a long layoff and still won....must be nothing to the old ring rust myth" or " He was juicing and still lost...steroids must not do anything for performance" .