The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced three additions to its July 22 fight card slated for Hamburg, Germany.
The UFC Fight Night 134 event already features a light heavyweight main event pitting the UFC’s No. 2 ranked 205-pounder, Volkan Oezdemir, against former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who is currently sits at No. 7 in the UFC rankings.
Topping Friday’s announcements is a pivotal heavyweight bout between Marcin Tybura and Stefan Struve, two fighters that were pushing to the top of the division, but who have both suffered recent setbacks.
After winning a unanimous decision in the Arlovski fight, Tybura then lost a decision to another former UFC champion in Fabricio Werdum in a headlining bout in Sydney, Australia, in November. That setback was followed by a TKO loss to Derrick Lewis in February.
Struve (28-10) was once one of the brightest stars in the UFC heavyweight division, even holding a TKO victory over current champion Stipe Miocic.
The Dutch fighter was diagnosed with a serious heart issue in 2013 and has struggled to regain his footing ever since. Struve had a stretch in 2015 and 2016 where he went 3-1 in the Octagon, seemingly getting back on track, but lost his only bout of 2017 to Alexander Volkov. He followed that disappointment with a loss to Arlovki in March of this year.
The Tybura vs. Struve winner turns back toward the top of the division, while the loser is going to face some serious reflecting on the back of three consecutive losses.
The two other bouts announced for UFC Hamburg on Friday include hometown fighter Nasrat Haqparast facing British fighter Marc Diakiese in a lightweight contest, while Mirko Cro Cop training partner Darko Stosic makes his Octagon debut in a light heavyweight bout with Jeremy Kimball.