The UFC event scheduled for Nottingham, England is now set. Stefan Struve will face off against rising prospect Stipe Miocic. The fans of Britain may be disappointed in this fight, but there were not a ton of options.
Bisping is injured and there are currently no middleweights at his level who can give him a fight unless Brian Stann comes back from his injury at the same time Bisping does. That would also require both to come back early enough to get a full training camp too.
Other fans may want Dan Hardy to headline the card, but he was just on the FX prelims of UFC 146. It would be a massive jump to go from that to main event of a free card, especially for a fighter that is 1-4 in his last five fights.
Struve against Miocic is a solid main event. Miocic is undefeated and looks like someone who could contend while Struve has won three straight fights.
When Struve learns to use his reach he will be a very dangerous fighter and Miocic is one of the new hybrid heavyweights in the UFC.
This fight is going to launch one fighter into a top ten level fight. A fight between two non British fighters may not be the main event British fans want, but it’s a good fight none the less and for a free card it’s hard to expect anything over the top.