The first stage of the draw for the Top-8 tournament has not yet happen, however, we know that pairs will be made up of Contender and Champion. So using this it is possible to make predictions for matches. ()
Let’s suppose that we get a pair of Rustam Babaev and Dmitry Trubin after the draw. In this pair, Babaev will be declared as Champion and Trubin as Challenger, since he lost three Vendettes in a row against Andrey Pushkar, Dave Chaffey and Levan Saginashvili. Thus, in order to establish in the tops, Dmitry will need to win this stage.
As for the last opponents of Trubin on the Vendetta, we can say that they won using toproll against him. Looking at the difference in the length of the arms of Babaev and Trubin, it is unlikely that Rustam will choose the tactics of toproll, which may give Dmitry a good advantage.
Among the rivals of Rustam Babaev we can recall Evgeny Prudnik and Ermes Gasparini, who can be compared with Trubin on technique. Rustam has both victories and losses in that fights. However, it is worth noting that in the fight with Gasparini, Ermes imposed to Rustam an uncomfortable toproll, and even after catching the rival before the pad, Rustam got foul and in the end he defeated.