STUNNINGLY good post. Not that your post aren't good but this one is that good. My son and I are enormous Snyder fans. But he had everything going for him in the right direction and Sadulaev seemed to have a lot going against him (up a weight, very little mat time, marriage, etc) and it's still took a late takedown to win. It's like NFL teams who win a game on a last-second kick after playing like **** all game and all of a sudden people think they are a lot better than they really are. The making of one last second field goal doesn't change how you played. The last-second takedown, while it gives Snyder the victory, does not erase the fact that said July I've had moved up a weight and was Within 30 seconds or so of beating Schneider. Yes, I realize strength and conditioning matter and the matches are 6 minutes long. I get it. But there are a lot of areas where Sadulaev has an edge over Snyder. Fast forward 2 or 3 years and who do you think is going to improve more? I hope he stays up at 97 kg because I think it makes for a better sport but I think the results forthcoming are still well up in the air.
I hope he gets big enough for the weight. For now he will will struggle against Snyder until he does so. He may sneak a win at a Yarygin, but in the big events Snyder will go to the same game plan and I do not see how Sudalaev came over come it against another probable in the conversation GOAT. I mean Snyder has gassed, lifted, pressured, and beat late, pretty decent guys who out weigh him by a lot. By pressure, position, and something you can't really coach, composure. He doesn't get rattled. He sticks to the game plan. Adjusts in in subtle ways, and it usually works, like Smith did, and JB still does. All time greats see things different. This is the same across all sports. Gotta watch a LOT of of video's to see this.