29-Year-Old UFC Heavyweight 28-8-0
January 12, 2017 Stefan Struve News
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Struve has a shoulder injury and will withdraw from his upcoming fight against Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 105, MMAFighting.com reports.
Struve will undergo surgery Friday morning, and a timetable of his return has yet to be established. The seven-footer had been looking to win his third fight in a row by avenging a TKO loss to dos Santos in February of 2009, but it will no longer come to pass. Dos Santos now finds himself in search of a new opponent.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe two originally fought back in 2009, where dos Santos dominated the bout. Struve (28-8) has won 12 of his past 17 fights, and will get another main event fight after back-to-back stoppage victories over Antonio Silva and Daniel Omielanczuk.
Fantasy AnalysisStruve actually did a fairly poor job of using his length advantage in the striking game, but his grappling was so far ahead of Omielanczuk's that he was able to cruise to the win nonetheless. Struve has a tendency to fight backwards so to speak for a man his size, and while he got away with it against Omielanczuk, he isn't going to be able to get away with it against the best fighters in the heavyweight division. Although he has been around seemingly forever, Struve is still just 28-years of age. Struve probably deserves to be ranked in the back half of the top-ten considering the lack of depth in the UFC's heavyweight division at the moment, but he isn't as good as the top six or seven guys on the roster. He has now won back-to-back fights after losing three of four.
Fantasy AnalysisStruve was originally scheduled to face Ruslan Magomedov, but Magomedov had to drop out due to a staph infection, and later failed a drug test as well. The Skyskraper will instead face a 34-year-old Poland native on relatively short notice. Omielanczuk is 3-0 in the UFC since July 2015, but is a foot shorter that Struve, and like most opponents, will have to contend with a major reach disadvantage.
Fantasy AnalysisStruve's record may not be as impressive as Magomedov's, but the 28-year-old has been tested signficantly more in his UFC career than the Dagestan, Russia native. The last time he entered a UFC octagon in May, Struve demolished a washed-up Bigfoot Silva in just over 15 seconds for one of the fastest knockouts in UFC heavyweight history. His stock has risen even more since then, as a week after that victory, Stipe Miocic, a fighter who Struve has defeated, went on to take the UFC heavyweight belt. A win over Magomedov in Manchester would likely propel Struve into top-10 status, as well as earn him a high-profile bout.
Fantasy AnalysisThis could not have worked out any better for Struve. He got a quick win against a notable opponent in front of his hometown crowd, all while suffering no damage. The uppercut and knee that ended the bout were certainly impressive, but it is fair to wonder if the quick finish was the recently of Silva's ineptitude as much as anything Struve did. Either way, it was an impressive win for Struve after four straight mediocre performances. When you combine Struve's popularity with the state of the heavyweight division, it's a lock that he is going to get a notable fight next time out.
Fantasy AnalysisAt 7-0 tall, Struve is the tallest fighter in the company and he is tied with Jon Jones for having the longest reach. Unfortunately, while Jones excels at standing at distance and peppering his opponents, Struve has shown no ability to use his length to his advantage on a regular basis. A serious heart condition sidelined Struve for nearly two years and he just doesn’t look like the same fighter since returning, although all that really matters is his well-being. Struve has plenty of notable wins in his career (Stipe Miocic, Pat Barry, Big Nog), but his heart condition really robbed him of a chance of turning into one of the better heavyweights in the world.
Fantasy AnalysisStruve is one of the worst fighters in the UFC when it comes to using his physical tools to his advantage. He was suspiciously inactive in this fight until the third round and it ended up costing him the fight. Considering the height, weight and reach advantage, it was a disastrous performance from Struve. When he wasn't on his back, he stood around and did nothing for much of the time. With the heart problem he suffered, it's nice to see Struve fighting at all, but the days of him being a potential future heavyweight contender are just about over.
Fantasy AnalysisStruve is coming off a unanimous decision over Minotauro Nogueira at UFC 190 earlier this month. It will be an interesting matchup between one guy (Struve) who relies on his kickboxing and one fighter (Rosholt) who relies on his wrestling.
Fantasy AnalysisAs long as Struve stands far away from whoever he's fighting and uses his length to his advantage, he can pepper his opponents and they can't hit him. Unfortunately, he spent several minutes of this fight in the clinch along the fence. Struve's kickboxing skills are legitimate. He has extremely long limbs and he knows how to use them. His chin and the rest of his game are still questionable, but the positive for Struve is that there aren't many fighters out there that can consistently drag a guy who's 7-0 tall to the mat. It was a nice effort following a two-fight losing streak. Struve may very well get a top-10 guy his next time out.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's not as if Struve has done anything lately to earn his status as the favorite. He's fought just twice since September 2012 due to a variety of health problems, most notably a heart issue, and he lost both of those bouts. It seems like he's been around forever, but Struve is still just 27-years old. At 7-0 tall, he's the tallest fighter in the UFC. He will try to use his length and reach to beat up Minotauro on the feet on Saturday.