On September 14, the 2nd stage of the Top 8 was held in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Almost all the fights ended with a dry score of 6-0, only Evgeny Prudnik at the end of his fight with Vitaly Laletin was able to find a way to win and took one round. The score 6-0 is usually associated with boring struggle and absolute domination, but this is not so: all 6-0 of the second stage were different. ()
Tim Bresnan vs Rustam Babayev
Despite the score 6-0, there was really a lot of struggle in this fight. Rustam was visually in excellent physical shape and looked ready for battle. Tim did a very good job of mistakes and prepared technically and tactically for this fight. This time Tim controlled his elbow well and dominated the hand and grip. Rustam did the same as in the first match, which Tim noted after the fight - “Rustam pulled in the same way, he didn’t change anything, I was ready for this”. On the other hand, could Rustam have done even more, considering his and Tim's dimensions?
Dmitry Trubin vs. Alex Kurdechа
These 6-0 seemed contradictory for many, Dmitry Trubin did not look the best version of himself, it seemed that his recent move and adaptation took away from him a lot of time and effort that he could spend on preparation. On the other hand, Alex Kurdecha clearly improved his form compared to the first stage in Malaysia and looked well prepared. Alex really was physically ready for this fight, but do not forget that Dmitry Trubin is a very experienced athlete with many years of amateur experience and many tournaments behind him.