Experts' view on the Vendetta All Stars: Rustam Babaev vs Todd Hutchings ()
It has been long time since 2005 Zloty Tur where we watched the matches between Rustam Babaev and Todd Hutchings at 86kg category. It was the year that Todd Hutchings won against John Brzenk in Vegas event where Brzenk pulled also super heavyweight class. As far as I remember Rustam beat Hutchings once without and once with strap and the one with the strap barely came to the pad level. I see some similarity between this Vendetta and Michael Todd vs Andrey Pushkar Vendetta, not that there are technical similarities but the similarity about explosiveness vs endurance. While both American pullers have great endurance both Ukranian pullers are very explosive right from the start. The chances to win the match with a flash pin is high for the Ukranian pullers while both Michael Todd and Todd Hutchings have higher chances in the matches that will require endurance.
As far as I read Rustam will pull regular category as well before the supermatch against Todd Hutchings. So it gives me idea that Rustam feels super strong because last year he was not able to win 95kg category against Ermes Gasparini and him to pull same category right before pulling against Todd Hutchings shows that he is very confident about his shape. But no matter how confident he is I believe that pulling 95kg category will take some energy from him.