Stefan Struve showed why fans are so high on him after a very impressive performance against Stipe Miocic. After a first round that saw Struve eat some good body shots, he really bounced back in the second round winning by knockout.
Struve still hasn’t learned to fully utilize his huge reach, but he is an ever growing fighter in the sport. At 24 years old, Struve has 30 professional fights and has faced some of the top fighters in the UFC like Junior Dos Santos.
If Struve can learn to use his reach he will be one of the most difficult match ups in the UFC. Struve has an 84.5″ reach and can stay on the outside of any fighter with his stiff jab. He uses his height and leg length to throw vicious knees from the clinch that give any challenger trouble.
When his opponents attempt to take him to the ground it’s even more dangerous. Struve has some of the best jiu-jitsu in the heavyweight division. He is able to switch positions and work his way into many different positions. Thanks to his long limbs his strongest submissions are the triangle choke and rear naked choke.
As Struve’s UFC career continues, he should only improve. He will learn how to grow into his body and utilize that height like Jon Jones does in the weight class below him. Struve has a good chin and is willing to take some damage to get the fight in his world.
After Saturday’s win he called out Fabricio Werdum and that’s not a bad fight. Werdum is one of the few available heavyweights and in his fight with Mike Russow looked outstanding. It would be a battle of two talented jiu-jitsu fighters and both Werdum and Struve’s striking is ever improving.
That would truly be a fight that could launch the career of Struve.