Denis Tsyplenkov is now the most obvious favorite of the Top-8 tournament. The results of the first draw are absolutely not important to him. And in the second it will be important for him that he and Levan, as the main freshman-champion, fall into different pairs and meet only in the final match. ()
But is Denis so invincible, how do we want to believe?
At this stage, the Top-8 participant will fight for the right hand, while Tsyplenkov pulled right-handed last July 22, 2016 at Armfight # 46 - Vendeta All Stars, almost 3 years before the first Top-8 fights. Yes, he overcame Michael Todd, even though the victory was very controversial, only a couple of fouls saved Dennis from a draw, in the last round Michael completely controlled the situation, he could not control only his elbow. The last convincing victory of Denis was at the A1 tournament on 2013, and the victory over Dave Chaffee was confident enough, in the same tournament, but already in 2014, although this victory cost Denis second place, because he didn’t have enough power for a fight with Andrey Pushkar.
So, we saw the perfect shape of Denis 5-6 years ago. Given this, it is quite reasonable to assume that in the Top-8 there are participants, besides Levan, who theoretically can compete with him. And under this condition, we can assume an unfavorable set of rivals for Denis.
First, he needs to lose the meeting with the contender. Of all the contenders, the most dangerous, despite the recent unsuccessful fights at the Vendeta All Stars, is Dmitry Trubin.