At UFC on Fuel TV 5 on Saturday, Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve continued his climb to the top of the UFC’s heavyweight division in Nottingham, England. After a slow first round, Struve scored a huge TKO victory over Stipe Miocic.
Miocic took control of the first round with multiple shots to the body. Struve appeared slow out of the gate, but managed to land a roundhouse that grazed the head of Miocic. Miocic also scored with a brief takedown in the round, but wanted no part of Struve’s ground game.
Struve found his rhythm in round two once he started utilizing an effective jab. Early in the round, Struve landed two huge uppercuts on the inside that hurt Miocic. Miocic returned fire with a big right hook that moved Struve’s head back. But Struve took the fight back landing a right cross followed by a series of uppercuts that put Miocic to sleep.
Referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the fight at 3:50 in the second round.
With the win over Miocic, Struve believes he’s in the upper echelon of the heavyweight division. After going 4-1 in his last five fights, and finishing all four of his opponents, it’s hard to argue against the 24-year-old.
“It was part of the game plan,” Struve said post-fight. “We knew we had to go five hard full rounds and I knew I had it in me. I saw him slow down in the second round and caught him with that uppercut. I always want to finish, so if I got him rocked, I’m going in for that kill.”
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