Third stage of the Top-8: Alex Kurdecha vs. Rustam Babayev ()
To analyze the possible course of the match, let us recall the fight of Alex at the first stage against Kydyrgali Ongarbaev. Why this but not the last one? The answer is quite obvious: Trubin defeated Alex with toproll, while Kydyrgali won with hook. And almost 100% chance that Rustam will also try to impose the fight in a hook. Of course, this does not mean that Rustam will not load the opponent’s hand with a tightening movement during the fight, but we are unlikely to see the classic toproll movement like in the famous fight against Evgeny Prudnik in 2013 at the start. And the reason for this is the huge difference in anthropometry. The Ukrainian armwrestler cannot afford to attack on toproll, since his hand is simply smaller, the Pole’s hand will almost always be higher, and his pronating toproll movement will not allow him to knock out wrist and gain an advantage for Rustam, but rather put him in a more uncomfortable position. That is, the most likely course of the duel when Rustam attacks with hook, and Alex starts with a toproll.
What is Alex's advantage? We know that he is fast enough, so he has a chance to win the start. Also, he definitely has a very good wrist stretch and pronation, combined with the prevailing anthropometry, this gives him a chance to win.
And what is better for Rustam Babayev? Definitely, Rustam is much stronger in the hook. also with a great deal of confidence, recalling many years of previous performances and fights against much more titled rivals than Alex, we can say that he has much stronger lateral movement and a wrist.