The UFC returns to England at the end of September for ‘UFC on FUEL TV 5′ with a main event in the Heavyweight division between Stefan Struve and rising big man Stipe Miocic. The rest of the card is coming together and features British veterans Dan Hardy and Brad Pickett, as well as the exciting Che Mills and the rising youngster Paul Sass. Overall the card looks to be complete, with 12 fights on the books. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
The main event is an interesting fight, because Miocic has been making waves and stands at a perfect 9-0. On paper, Struve would seem a good opponent for Miocic, who is known as a big puncher, as Struve has been KO’d big time in several UFC fights. At the same time, Struve presents problems for anyone with his height, and he has also survived to win a lot of fights against big punchers as well. He is definitely the most experienced fighter Miocic has faced at 24-5 overall record, and Struve has more fights in the UFC than Miocic has in his career. Despite this, Miocic is favored at about -250 at the sportsbooks.
Another fighter stepping it up in terms of competition is young British Lightweight Paul Sass, who takes on veteran Matt Wiman in a fight that has the potential to steal the show. Twelve of Sass’s thirteen career wins have come by submission, and his record sits at a perfect 13-0. Wiman is a veteran coming off a second win over Mac Danzig, and he has a reputation for grinding out fights. I havent seen a line for this bout yet, but it would not surprise me to see Sass at least a 2 to 1 favorite.
Another potentially explosive bout is in the welterweight division as Che Mills takes on Duane Ludwig. Mills needs a win, as his UFC record sits at 1-1 and he is coming off a loss against top welterweight Rory Macdonald. Ludwig has two losses in a row, and still has the same holes in his game as always. Despite being a very good stand up fighter, Mills might be better off getting this one to the ground against Ludwig, where Ludwig has always been weak. I look for Mills to be favored in this fight when the lines hit the books.