The draw of the Top 8 2020 was absolutely transparent and fair. But didn't the entertainment of the tournament and the maximum interest in it disappear because of this? ()
Obviously, the first couple became the biggest disappointment - Levan Saginashvili against Dave Chaffee. The loser in this pair can hope for a maximum in fifth place, which can be very unfair to both athletes.
The American Chaffee just went into the project and immediately got an opponent who is the favorite of the tournament. Last year, Levan Saginashvili left no chance to anyone. Although at the first stage we saw an exciting fight with Kydyrgali Ongarbaev, and in the third - the crazy onslaught of Vitaly Laletin, this did not affect Levan in any way. Yes, during the struggle he was tired, but no one could surpass him in strength.
Dave Chaffee last season participated in two serious fights: he pulled with Devon Larratt and Michael Todd. Obviously, all three guys were in great shape, but Dave lost to Devon with a score of 1-3, Todd won against Chaffee dry. The season, unfortunately, was not too successful.
Chaffee decided to join the Top 8, and this was a huge joy for the fans. The fact that he got to Saginashvili in the first stage was a little disappointing.