This past Saturday, at the UFC on FX 5 event held in Nottingham, England Stefan Struve took out Stipe Miocic with a series of uppercuts in the second round. Both men took ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses home, and it was a heavyweight tilt worthy of main event status. Struve, who was a heavy underdog heading into the fight, was told by UFC President Dana White that he had likely catapulted himself into top 5 in the world in his weight class. Certainly Struve’s stock has gone up, let’s take a closer look.
Most observers favored Miocic pretty heavily in this bout, as the Croatian was undefeated and showed a hard hitting style that was likely to give Struve trouble.
Struve, who is now at an impressive 25-5, has been KO’d on several occasions and is generally considered to have a weak chin. Perhaps it is a case of ‘the bigger you are, the harder you fall’ because Struve’s KO losses are particularly memorable in that he has been OUT OUT.
But Struve, at 6’11 and at a youthful 24, has also avoided getting hit by big punchers, and he has shown both good striking and solid submissions of his own. Add Miocic to the list along with Lavar Johnson and Pat Barry as big punchers who have not been able to find Struve’s button.
People were expecting this bout to result in an advancement of Miocic’s career, but instead it is back to the drawing board for Miocic. Despite winning the first round, he was noticeably slower coming out for round 2, and Struve took advantage by pressuring him.
With Miocic, it is probably a case of inexperience, as he still has just 10 fights. Struve, with 30 fights, knew when to go in for the kill after hurting Miocic, who looked to have no game plan but to slug it out. He is still a solid fighter.
And Struve has taken a major step towards a title shot sometime in 2013.