Doha World’s Predictions +100kg: Riner (FRA)

Riner (FRA)

The rising star in this category is Japan’s Tatsuru Saito but the player with the best track record is still France’s Teddy Riner. He doesn’t fight much – it has been this way for years now – but when he does, he usually wins. Though no longer in his primer, Riner has to be the top favorite still. Players who could spring an upset include Guram Tushishvili (GEO), who always gives him a tough fight but has never beaten him, and Kokoro Kageura (JPN), who has beaten him before. Uzbekistan’s Alisher Yusupov has been impressive in the IJF World Tour and could be a dark horse. Notably, he has beaten both Saito and Kageura. He also gave Riner a tough fight, the one time they met