Murtazaliev lost to Kelly but it was a different weight class than he is wrestling now.

I get the general impression that most American and other non-Russian posters seem to prefer and favor those Russian wrestlers that have lost to Americans in the past or in the case of Sajidov placed below an American (Sanderson at Olympics).

Hence, Batirov over Dudaev, Saitiev over Murtazaliev and Sajidov over Ketoev.

Am I totally wrong here or do I see a pattern?