Doha World’s Predictions -81kg: Grigalashvili (GEO)


This category has got three top dogs: Tato Grigalashvili, Matthias Casse (BEL) and Saeid Mollaei (AZE). All three are World Champions. And they top the world rankings too, in the order mentioned above. Grigalashvili is the No. 1 and for good reason. He has not lost a single match since July last year. He has fought Casse a total of five times and won three of them, including the last 2 (all last year). He has fought Mollaei seven times and won four of them, including the last three (also all last year). Grigalashvili is clearly on a roll and he is our prediction for winner in this category. The Japanese are sending World and Olympic Champion Takanori Nagase. Although no longer ranked very high, on a good day, he could defeat the best of them. He has fought Mollaei once and Casse twice. He won all those matches. Interestingly, he has fought Grigalashvili three times and lost the last two fights.