Match of the Week

Match of the Week

Ukraine Edition – Stadnik VS Murtazaliev

Seeing as I am in Ukraine, I thought it would be appropriate to give a Ukrainian flavour to our Match of the Week section.

And so it had to feature one of my favourite – and generally considered one of the best and most exciting – wrestlers of the last decade, Andriy Stadnik (a Ukranian wrestler).

This match is one of my favourites! It is a battle of multiple time world and Olympic medalists, putting Stadnik against another great of the last decade, Makach Murtazliev.

To set the scene, Stadnik has been a main stay at the 66kg class.  He regularly places in the top 3 at most major tournaments, including the silver medal he won at the Beijing Olympics.  For Murtazaliev, this was his last tournament at 66kg, as he was previously a bronze medallist at Athens in the weight and then eventually moved up and won a world title at 74kg.

Sit back and enjoy… This match is truly awesome!


Before The Flying Knees – Romero vs Saitiev

As this is the first ‘Match of the Week’, I was having an internal struggle on what match I wanted to choose as the first one.  However, a certain Cuban picking up a huge win in the UFC last night convinced me to keep it topical for the week.

Thirteen years before Yoel Romero was knocking boys out with hellacious flying knees, he was one of the foremost, premiere wrestlers in the world.  Competing in the 84kg division he was world champion, Olympic champion and multiple time medalist at world level.

Not to mention that this was at a time when the 84kg division was possibly the most competitive weight – an all-star line-up.  Featuring names such as Adam Saitiev, Cael Sanderson and Saji Sajidov.  Romero, in his time, helped multiple wins online casino over Sanderson and Sajidov who were Olympic and world champions respectively.

The match I have to go with is his Olympic final from Sydney against Adam Saitiev.  Saitiev, although under sized for this weight, has to be one of the best technicians the sport has ever seen.  Hence making for an interesting match pitting him against the power and athleticism of Romero.

Hope you enjoy guys!

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