Heavyweights Stefan Struve, Mark Hunt to Meet at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in Japan
and Mark Hunt
collide at UFC on
Fuel TV 8
The March 3 event takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama,
Japan, though the promotion has yet to officially announce any
matchups for the show. The evening’s main draw airs live on Fuel
TV, while the preliminary card streams immediately prior on
first reported the pairing on Monday, and Sherdog.com confirmed the
booking with a source close to the bout this afternoon.
Struve, 24, has won seven of his last eight and four straight
fights heading into his collision with Hunt. Known as “Skyscraper,”
the 7-foot Dutchman was perfect in 2012, stopping onetime EliteXC
talent Dave Herman
with punches to begin the year before submitting former Strikeforce
Johnson with an armbar this past May at UFC 146. Most recently,
Struve earned his seventh victory by way of knockout, finishing
Miocic with a flurry of blows on Sept. 29 at UFC on Fuel TV
Hunt, meanwhile, rides a three-fight winning streak into the
contest, most recently knocking out hard-hitting Frenchman Cheick Kongo
last February at UFC 144, which also took place at the Saitama
Super Arena. The former Pride Fighting Championships staple made
quite an about-face last year, besting Chris
Tuchscherer and Ben Rothwell
after losing his previous six fights dating back to July 2006.
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Stefan Struve? Yea. Stefan Struve.
Nooow I remember. Seems like the topic de jour, if my post yesterday about Uriah Hall is any indication, is about talent.
True, talent is by nature 'ad hoc'. We define and identify talent after it's already punched us in the face. Like Hall, Struve is another fighter considere more
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