Dutch Heavyweight Stefan Struve has definitely seen the highs and lows of an MMA fighter in his UFC career. "Skyscraper" had the rare misfortune to meet power punching Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in his UFC debut. Since then, Struve has repeatedly put together two- and three-fight streaks in his 11-fight UFC run. However, each time he's fallen to heavy-handed opponents as he was (T)KO'd in each of his 3 UFC losses.
In his last bout at UFC 146, Struve achieved the second 3-fight win streak of his UFC career with an early submission victory over Lavar Johnson. Now, with less than two weeks before UFC On Fuel 5, Stefan looks to achieve his longest streak by upsetting the undefeated Stipe Miocic.
Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat talked to Stefan Struve about his upcoming opponent and the lessons he's learned as a UFC fighter:
Stipe Miocic was also last seen at UFC 146 where he defeated Muay Thai striker Shane del Rosario. That was Miocic's 3rd consecutive UFC victory in his 9 fight career. Struve is not daunted by his opponents flawless record, though. This will be his fifth UFC match against an undefeated up and comer. He's 3-1 in the other four with his only blemish coming to Travis Browne at UFC 130. Struve says:
I fought a lot of guys in the UFC who were undefeated before they fought me. So, it doesn't really bother me too much.
I think I'm the biggest name he's fought so far. Being undefeated, the only thing that tells me is you haven't fought the guy that was good enough to beat you yet. And I think I'm the guy that's good enough to beat him.
Whether or not Struve is right will be discovered at UFC On Fuel 5 on September 29th. The two will face off on neutral ground in Nottingham, England's Capital FM Arena.