I have my fingers crossed that someone withdraws/misses weight so Alexei can can jump in, Alexei Vs Stapes would be an awesome final.
I appreciate what you're saying, the calibre of fighters Stapes has been in with are much much higher than Alexei but thats your opinion and that's fair enough. After all anything can happen.
The Boom has certainly found a new home at lw. Im scared at what he could do.
Granted Lee has fought a couple of good guys, Alexei's first LW fight was against an opponent who is 3-7-1. Should he fight Maguire, Stringer or Stapes on this night it'll definitely test his ability.
BUT, here's the thing. A loser can't progress, not even by injury default etc. so in theory the reserve bout winner could come in at for the final a la:
In that scenario, it's an open field. This tourney is going to be mad. At some point on the night someone will surely get injured or something and not be able to progress, nature of the beast! Excited for it now.