Sharon “The Dream Catcher” Jacobson (4-1) isn’t making much of her two-year layoff from cage-fighting, refusing to use “ring rust” as an excuse for a poor performance at Invicta FC 25. The 33-year-old Colorado wrestling sensation plans to be in top shape — and ready for war — when she collides with undefeated promotional newcomer Kali “Pop Tart” Robbins (4-0) on Aug. 31 at Tachi Palace in Lemoore, Calif.
Jacobson hasn’t competed in MMA since September of 2015, but she’s convinced the time away won’t impact her scrap against Robbins. She has used the layoff to refresh, recharge her batteries and revamp her game. A two-time national champion wrestler, Jacobson recently added a new Muay Thai coach to add new wrinkles to her striking technique. The surging strawweight has been away for a while, but she’s been training consistently since her last Invicta appearance. That’s why she feels the long layoff won’t be a game-changer on fight night.
“I think ring rust is real only if you believe it’s real,” Jacobson told AXS. “It’s only reality if you believe that it is. I don’t think the time off is going to be an issue for me. I’m really excited to be back, so I’m ready. I’m also grateful to McBryde Mats for their support.”
Ring rust is one of the most polarizing topics in MMA, as fighters have all kinds of different opinions on the matter. Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen spoke openly about how ring rust affected him in a big way during his Bellator debut against Tito Ortiz, and we all know what happened to “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey when she fought Amanda Nunes after a long layoff.
But on the other side of the coin, guys like Dominick Cruz and Jon “Bones” Jones have bounced back from year-long stints away from the cage, with high-level performances in world championship fights. At the end of the day, all fight fans can really conclude is that ring rust affects every fighter differently.
Will Jacobson dazzle with another “Fight of the Night” performance, as she did in her first two Invicta FC starts? Or will ring rust end up playing a factor? Time will tell the answer to that question. Fans can find out the answers by tuning in to UFC Fight Pass on Aug. 31. Jacobson vs. Robbins, a marquee 115-pound bout, is slated for the main card of Invicta FC 25.