UFC On FUEL TV 5 Live Stream Two of the UFC's brightest heavyweight prospects will throw down tomorrow afternoon (Sept. 29, 2012) as Stefan Struve takes on undefeated Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham, England. Struve has had several brief moments of success in his UFC career, but he's never thrown enough wins together to get in contention.
UFC On FUEL TV 5 Live Stream He's currently riding his second three-fight winning streak in the UFC and after co-headlining a pair of shows, he's finally got the main event all to himself. "The Skyscraper" is looking to capitalize on his featured status with a big performance.
UFC On FUEL TV 5 Live Stream Miocic has exploded onto the scene in the last year. After a tough decision victory in his UFC debut, he's grown more comfortable in the cage, defeating consecutive opponents via vicious knockout. After progressing his way up the card, Miocic is already headlining the main event of his first show and he'll be looking to reward the UFC brass for having faith in him.
Struve vs. Miocic Live Will Struve finally put it together and win four straight in the UFC? Can Miocic remain undefeated by toppling "The Skyscraper? What's the key to victory for both men?
Let's find out:
Record: 24-5 overall, 8-3 in the UFC
Key Wins: Dave Herman (UFC on Fuel TV), Pat Barry (UFC on Versus 6), Sean McCorkle (UFC 124)
Key Losses: Junior dos Santos (UFC 95), Travis Browne (UFC 130), Roy Nelson (UFC Fight Night 21)
How he got here: Stefan Struve cut his teeth on the local European circuit, testing himself against many of the toughest guys in circulation at the time. Due to his ridiculous height, he had to develop a strong ground game as his opponents were rather easily able to put him on his back.
He made his UFC debut in early 2009, but was completely unprepared for the wrecking machine that was Junior dos Santos, losing via first round technical knockout.
Since the loss in his promotional debut, Struve has gone 6-2 in the promotion. The young Dutchman has steadily progressed and added some bulk to his frame. He's still still relatively wet behind the ears, but has tons of time to develop his craft as long as he can protect his chin.
Of Struve's 21 career victories, only one has been a decision. His two fights against Christian Morecraft and Sean McCorkle both underscored what he's all about as a mixed martial artist: Absorbing punishment or being in bad positions and then roaring back in crowd-pleasing fashion. Of course this backfired against Travis Browne at UFC 130 when "The Skyscraper" got toppled after an ill-advised flying knee attempt directly into the big right hand of his opponent.
He bounced back in his last fight against Pat Barry, locking in a triangle choke and surviving a huge powerbomb attempt before forcing the tap and winning "Submission of the Night" honors. He followed up that performance by flustering Dave Herman with his range and then finishing him via ground and pound on the canvas.
At UFC 146, he fought very smartly, pulling guard and tapping "Big" Lavar Johnson with a first round armbar quickly while avoiding the stand-up exchanges. His impressive showing earned him a n
How he gets it done: Struve has slowly showcased an improved use of his lengthy 84 inch reach (the second longest in the UFC) throughout his MMA career. While he's improved his tendencies to allow brawlers to get inside and crack him on the jaw, he needs to avoid standing and trading in the pocket with Stipe Miocic at all costs.
Miocic has some scary power on the inside and it's simply not worth it to exchange blows.
Struve doesn't have the build to shoot for the traditional takedowns, but he capable of scoring trip takedowns if he can close the distance and enter the clinch or he can pull guard like he did in his last fight. His best chance to win this fight is to utilize his gangly frame on the canvas.