I remember the discussions about that match. I don't have any inside info like akzent does, but that one LOOKED real. The wrestlers and coaches were pretty intense. (I remember an Aldatov/Ktsoev match from the Euros that was rumored to be a work under the saem tradition, and the guys looked like they were slow-dancing.)
5pt, I was surprised as well that people aren't voting Gatsalov. I have Gayzumov as maybe a 55% favorite head-to-head, maybe others feel the same.
I think Yazdani's biggest drawback is that he isn't all that big. Gayzumov, especially, is a monster.