This time we will consider a possible fight Rustam Babaiev vs Evgeniy Prudnik, if the draw puts them in one pair. Babaiev in this armfight will be declared as a champion, and Prudnik - a contender. Both of these athletes, being not so big in comparison with other tops, managed to break into the Top-8 division. How can we be pleased and surprised by such a fight? ()
The confrontation between Rustam Babaiev and Evgeny Prudnik can bring both protracted wrestling and quick wins at the start. It is impossible to predict unambiguously the dynamics of the armfight, because the athletes had previously met only on the grid, but not in six fights in a row against each other.
The maximum number of fights in a row between these fighters was only two at the 2013 European Championships, where Babaiev and Prudnik met in the final of their category. Rustam Babaiev reached the final without defeats, and Evgeniy Prudnik had one defeat from Babaiev. Then Evgeniy managed to interrupt the series of victories of Rustam at the World and European Championships. These fights decorated the European Championship of that year as the most spectacular.
The main task on which Prudnik concentrated was to hold Rustam’s hand at the start, and then pull depending on the situation. Since few people managed to do this, Evgeniy didn’t know if he would succeed, but a pleasant surprise was waiting for him - he could “catch” Babaev’s lightning start and half the work was done. After that, he needed only to keep Babaiev in a hook.