UFC on Fuel TV 8: Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve Preview

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports

UFC on Fuel TV 8 features a heavyweight clash between Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve, who will be fighting for a spot to move up the rankings in hopes of getting a title shot.  Both of these heavyweights can end the fight standing, making this an exciting bout to watch that could possibly be Knockout-Of-The-Knight.

Coming into this fight, Mark Hunt boasts a record of 8-7.  However, he is on a three fight winning streak inside the UFC, beating quality opponents in Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo.  His stand up has never looked better, and can end the fight if he connects with one punch.  Also, Hunt appears to have improved his ground game, which was always his weakest point.  However, this will surely be tested against Struve’s grappling abilities.

Stefan Struve comes into this fight with an overall record of 25-5.  He is on a four fight winning streak, beating the likes of Pat Barry, Lavar Johnson, and Stipe Miocic.  Struve has shown to be dangerous on the feet, and even more so when the fight hits the ground.  His range is one of the biggest in the heavyweight division, so he needs to use this physical attribute better to avoid getting hit as much.

In terms of styles, Mark Hunt likes to keep the fight standing.  If he connects with a big shot, his opponents are more than likely hitting the canvas in dramatic fashion.  Struve has shown vulnerable to taking big punches, so Hunt will more than likely try to keep this fight standing   Struve also has competent striking skills, but his best path to victory in this fight is on the ground.  Hunt has been submitted six times in his career, so Struve needs to get this fight to the ground and not exchange with the heavy-handed Mark Hunt.

Will Hunt be able to get his fourth consecutive victory UFC’s heavyweight division and possibly get a title shot?  Or will Struve prove to be the more well-rounded fighter?  Stay tuned!