Do *we* contribute to the upsets?
Does Internet Hype Lead to Fighter Complacency
Lately, I've been wondering if the buzz on internet message boards actually contributes to top fighters getting overconfident and under-preparing.
It seems clear to me that on these boards, the community fixes on skill differences between top fighters. We magnify them, and we overstate their importance. We think they are so great that differences in physical condition, heart and hunger cannot more than make up for skill differences. We basically create a group perception that within each tier of fighters, their skill is so great compared to lower tiers that whenever someone fights someone from a lower tier, it is a foregone conclusion. This, of course, is totally wrong.
Could it be that this attitude seeps into the fighters somehow? Perhaps they read boards like this, or their trainers do, or something. Could this be leading to fighters relying on skill too much, underpreparing, and under-estimating the importance of the fact that their competitors may be more motivated than they are?