It would seem that these are too different athletes to reduce them to armfight. What can they show to the public? Variants from Engin Terzi. ()
There is a big weight difference between Rustam Babaev and Tim Bresnan but Rustam has proven to be a dangerous puller even for the heavyweight pullers. I had trained with Bresnan once and I can say that his pronator is one of the most solid ones that I have ever felt. I remember even Devon and John having hard times to hook Tim in the past. Not sure how good he is at the moment but I am sure that he will bring best of Tim there to beat Rustam Babayev.
Tim has beaten Prudnik who defeated Rustam when Rustam finally lost after years of being undefeated in WAF and EAF events, in 2013 Europeans. Of course, we can not calculate the things in such way. Also Prudnik was already injured from the match that he had against Spartak Zoloev at 2015 Europeans. Last time I saw Bresnan was against Kvikvinia from Georgia. Tim looked good on that day. Kvikvinia found an unexpected way to win rounds against Tim but dead wrist pressure type of pulling is not a way for Rustam to beat Tim. Rustam has very strong fingers and wrist. His explosive start with side hit is probably one of the best in the history.
In my opinion it will go to a strap match as it will not be so easy Rustam to hook Tim without strap and he will most likely choose to hit outside to secure himself.