Herman was the aggressor in the first round landing leg kicks early. Herman backed Struve up despite the seven-inch reach advantage for Struve.
Struve picked up the pace in the second frame, securing an early takedown. He briefly took Herman’s back before Herman escaped and got back to his feet. Struve began to mix in combinations and had Herman on his heels.
Struve landed an uppercut that knocked Herman down. He quickly mounted Herman and unleashed punches in bunches. Herman was unable to intelligently defend himself and referee Josh Rosenthal was forced to intervene.
“The first round wasn’t fireworks like you guys are used to,” said Struve following the bout.
He cited fatigue for the first round performance due to only sleeping four to five hours a night all week. “My energy was a little low,” he said.
“I think I put him on his butt with that,” stated Struve about the uppercut that knocked Herman down. “I’ve been working hard on my balance and everything and the ground and pound. He was trying to escape but he took too many.”
The win over Herman marks two wins in a row for the 23-year old Dutchman.