UFC on Fuel TV 5 kicked off today from Nottingham, England and the main event certainly delivered. Stefan Struve was taking on unbeaten prospect Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight bout. Coming into this fight, both fighters possessed some great stand up capabilities, but it was Struve who got the better of the exchanges.
Stipe would land some great body shots early on, and it seemed like he had the power advantage as well. Struve would go on to find his range in the second round, however, and he would land some great jabs and right hooks that had Stipe fall back on numerous occasions.
Struve would finally push the pace in the second and hurt Stipe Miocic with some vicious upper cuts, allowing him to win via TKO in the second round. This makes it his fourth straight victory inside the octagon and also his fourth consecutive fight that ended with a finish.
Struve has made marketed improvements in his stand up, which can be seen with this victory over Stipe Miocic today. He is now ranked among the elite in the division, and he is maybe one win away to challenging for the title in the UFC heavyweight division, which is currently being reigned by Junior Dos Santos.
Struve had an amazing performance tonight, but he will have to shore up some aspects in his game if he ever wants to win the heavyweight title. Stipe was able to land some good shots to the body, which was predicated on Struve’s inability to use his reach in the first round.
Struve has to use his reach better if he wants to avoid the power of guys like Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, and Allistair Overeem. Up next for Struve is unkown at the moment, but a fight with the winner of Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva bout may be the best option.