Two exciting heavyweights seek to trash each other
UFC on Fuel TV this Saturday features two exciting heavyweights---6’ 11” Dutchman Stefan ‘Skyscraper’ Struve vs. 6’ 4” American Stipe ‘Don’t Try and Pronounce It’ Miocic. Although Struve has been around the UFC longer and has more MMA fights logged than his opponent, both men are developing talents.
Struve has length of limb and a significant submission game combined with an improving stand up and the ability to take a fist to the face, which he'll need. At 24, Struve is 6 years Miocic’s junior. In his UFC career he is 8-3. His first UFC loss came at the meaty paws of current champ, Junior dos Santos.
Miocic is 9-0, 3-0 in the UFC, but in his short stint he has impressed fans and UFC honchos with his talented fists and footwork, and his gritty toughness. His last two wins were knockouts. In fact, of his nine fights, seven were KO/TKOs, and one was a submission. Only his first fight in the UFC, against iron-jawed Joey Beltran, went the distance.
Both Struve and Miocic are technical scrappers and will come to fight. You won’t see point-fighting in this match-up. Amongst his 24 wins, Struve has 16 submissions and 6 Kos. It’s safe to say this fight will not go the distance.
Although Miocic has looked polished and dangerous to date, Struve is a difficult puzzle to solve. The Dutchman is good at controlling distance with his length of limb and KO ability, and can withstand enough punishment to put Miocic in serious trouble with either a choke or an armbar should the tilt get to the mat.
Look for Struve to win via ripping off an arm or tearing out windpipe, in round 2.
There are many intriguing fights in the undercard of this UFC, set in Nottingham. Foremost among them is Canadian Yves ‘Tiger’ Jabouin vs. American Top team fighter Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett. Jabouin fights out of Tristar, GSP’s home.
Jabouin in 3-1 and Pickett is 1-1 in the world’s top promotion. Pickett is one of those rare fighters whose aggression, presence, and skills make it seem as though he’s not likely to ever lose, but he does lose. His first UFC fight was a loss via rear-naked choke vs. talented Brazilian Renan Pegado, a loss that perhaps came about after Pickett threw caution to the wind.
Although Jabouin trains at one of the best gyms in MMA, not all fighters who come out of Tristar have anywhere near GSP’s talent. This match-up seems to have been made precisely to see which man is set to make the changes necessary to rise up the ranks rather than languishing in the middle, or lower.
Jabouin will win a decision but not before Pickett nearly finishes him on the feet.
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