Stefan Struve
Skyscraper

Netherlands

Slated for UFC DC
HeavyweightUFC
August 13, 2019
Struve will square off against Ben Rothwell in a heavyweight matchup at UFC DC on Dec. 7.
ANALYSIS
Struve's UFC career seemed to be on a downward trend before he successfully finished Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission in the second round at UFC Prague in February. He strongly hinted at retirement following that victory, which made sense at the time given he had a chance to go out on top. Struve and his camp must have liked the matchup offered by UFC brass, however, as Rothwell is an aging fighter as well that hasn't had much success of late. Stuve will have major height and reach advantages in this fight, but unlike fighters such as LHW champion Jon Jones, he's struggled to truly take advantage of those physical tools during his UFC tenure. Struve sports just a 54 percent takedown defense, but Rothwell doesn't have much of an offensive wrestling game to speak of. He'd be best-suited to keep this fight standing and pepper Rothwell with distance strikes, but should this fight get to the mat, he does have 18 career submission wins. Another outcome of that fashion wouldn't be overly shocking.
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Reverses fortune to find finish
HeavyweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Struve defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:34 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
It's hard to imagine that Struve's evening could have started much worse, as he ate a huge shot in the opening minute of the fight that sent him to the canvas. De Lima was able to control the Dutchman for the rest of the round, landing intermittent ground-and-pound until the horn sounded. Struve pulled himself up by his bootstraps in the second frame, however, getting a takedown of his own and cutting through his opponent's guard to get the choke. The come-from-behind effort earned "The Skyscraper" an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus. Struve said after the fight that he is considering retirement but it's difficult to say what his future holds after stopping a three-fight losing skid. If he were to call it quits, Struve would leave MMA with a professional record of 29-11.
Looks to snap losing streak in Prague
HeavyweightUFC
December 22, 2018
Struve will take on Marcos Rogerio de Lima in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Prague on Feb. 23.
ANALYSIS
Struve always has a massive height and reach edge over his opponents when entering the Octagon, but hasn't always been able to take advantage of that strength. The 30-year-old has now dropped three fights in a row and has gone more than two years without a victory. He's struggled particularly against the takedown, getting put on the ground nine times by his opponent is only his last two fights. Rogerio de Lima picked up three takedowns in his recent victory over Adam Wiezcorek, and has now alternated wins and losses in his last seven fights with the promotion.
Drops decision in Hamburg
HeavyweightUFC
July 22, 2018
Struve lost to Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.
ANALYSIS
Struve had trouble defending takedowns for the second consecutive fight and ultimately found himself pinned against the cage underneath Tybura en route to taking the loss. While he has lost three in a row, there were some encouraging signs from Struve here, such as mixing in a jab and hurting Tybura with a front kick up the middle in the second round. Still, his willingness to get backed up and inability to stay on his feet are rather large holes in his game. He falls to 28-11 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Prepping for UFC Hamburg
HeavyweightUFC
April 27, 2018
Struve will face Marcin Tybura at UFC Hamburg on July 22, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The heavyweight match features two fighters who are each coming off two consecutive losses. Even still, Struve totes a solid overall record of 28-10 and is one of only two people in the world who can say they've defeated Stipe Miocic, albeit six years ago.
Awful performance in decision loss to Andrei Arlovski
HeavyweightUFC
March 3, 2018
Struve lost to Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 222 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a pathetic, lazy performance from Stuve. Facing an opponent that is completely washed up and has nothing left to offer, Struve allowed himself to be taken down five times by a 39-year-old that has done nothing but strike his entire career. Struve appeared to have a brief shot at an ankle lock midway through the fight, but that was the only time he threatened Arlovski over the course of the 15 minutes. Struve once again showed that he has zero idea how to use his 7-foot frame to his advantage. He's finished.