Stefan Struve handed Stipe Miocic his first defeat at UFC on
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Perfect records tend not to last inside the Octagon.
Struve stopped the previously undefeated Stipe
Miocic on second-round punches in the
UFC on Fuel TV 5 headliner on Saturday at the Capital FM Arena
in Nottingham, England. The first 7-footer ever to compete in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Struve closed it out 3:50 into
Miocic (9-1, 3-1 UFC) did some excellent work in the first round,
as he ripped rights and lefts to the head and body of the
24-year-old Dutchman. The blows to Struve’s midsection might have
paid serious dividends had the fight lasted longer. However,
momentum abandoned Miocic in round two.
Struve (25-5, 9-3 UFC) looked like a different fighter, as he
assumed a far more aggressive approach, with the right uppercut as
his chief weapon. He had Miocic on the run more than once. After
the Strong Style Fight Team member slipped near the cage, Struve
unleashed two hellacious right crosses that permanently altered the
direction of the bout. A series of uppercuts followed, and one
final left hook was enough to force referee Herb Dean’s
hand. Miocic slumped.
“I trained for five rounds, and I knew I had it in me,” Struve
said. “I saw he really slowed down in that second round, and I
landed a good uppercut. I always want to finish, so you know if
I’ve got him rocked that I’m going in for the kill.”
Struve has stopped his last four opponents.
“I heard some complaints about my power in the past, but I think
they might change their opinion right now,” he added. “I need to
work on using my reach better. Some moments were pretty good, some
weren’t so good, but I think I showed I have a good chin. I’ve got
four wins in a row with four finishes, and [UFC President] Dana
[White] said I’m about Top 5 in the world now, so I’m pretty proud
as a 24-year-old.”
Resurgent Hardy Overwhelms Sadollah
A multi-pronged standup attack coupled with a series of
well-disguised takedowns and ground-and-pound carried former
welterweight title contender Dan Hardy to a
unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 winner
Sadollah in the co-main event.
Hardy (25-10, 6-4 UFC) swept the scorecards by 29-28, 29-28 and
After a competitive first round, Hardy unveiled some new wrinkles,
and Sadollah (6-4, 6-4 UFC) did not appear to be prepared for them.
His trademark left hook remained in play, but “The Outlaw” made his
most significant moves on the ground. He secured multiple takedowns
and consolidated them with punishment, slicing into Sadollah with
short elbows from the top. It resulted in cuts around both eyes.
Hardy punctuated his latest triumph with a beautiful combination on
the feet in the closing seconds of round three, following a
standing elbow with a crisp left hook.
“I’ve always dreamed of fighting here for the UFC,” said Hardy, a
Nottingham native who had not fought in his hometown since 2008.
“I’ve fought here at smaller shows before, but nothing compares to
the big event. I thought I might have the tendency to go out and
start trading punches. I like a war as much as you guys, but I’ve
got to be smart and sensible and pick my shots. I had a good time
tonight. I enjoyed it.”
Pickett Uppercut KOs Jabouin
Top Team’s Brad
Pickett knocked out Yves Jabouin
with a ringing right uppercut 3:40 into the opening round of their
featured bantamweight matchup.
Pickett (right) dropped Jabouin.
Pickett (22-6, 2-1 UFC) waded through heavy fire to get what he
wanted. Jabouin tagged him with high-velocity kicks to the leg and
body, knees to the head and multi-punch combinations. Still, the
man they call “One Punch” pressed forward undaunted. The uppercut
sent Jabouin to the canvas in a dazed state, and a pair of right
hands on the ground sealed his fate.
The 34-year-old Pickett has won 12 of his past 14 bouts.
Wiman Armbar Submits Sass
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 alum Matt Wiman
submitted the previously unbeaten Paul Sass in a
lightweight showcase. Wiman (15-6, 9-4 UFC) finished it 3:48 into
Sass (13-1, 3-1 UFC) fired the first salvo, as the 24-year-old
Team Kaobon representative delivered a takedown inside the
first 10 seconds and attacked from top position with a few
well-placed elbows. Sass tried for an ill-advised heel hook,
briefly surrendering the high ground. He then swept into top
position, avoided an attempted triangle choke and belted Wiman with
Moments later, the back-and-forth battle took its decisive turn.
Wiman isolated the Brit’s arm from the bottom, rolled into a more
advantageous position and, with Sass pinned hopelessly against the
cage, extended the hold for the tapout.
“I just feel so humble,” said Wiman, who had not competed since
Oct. 1. “I don’t know why. Maybe it was the year off, or maybe I
just expect more of myself and just got more nervous. I just had a
lot of respect for a guy who had never lost before. He’s never
tasted that defeat. You have to take it from him. You can’t just go
in there and try to break him. You have to beat him. I knew Sass
was going to bring it, and I just feel lucky and blessed to be on
the winning side.”
‘The Hitman’ Moves to 17-1
London Shootfighters standout John
Hathaway utilized his sizeable reach advantage and some stellar
topside grappling en route to a unanimous decision against John
Maguire in a featured welterweight attraction. All three
cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Hathaway (17-1, 7-1
The once-beaten Hathaway pressed the fight from the start and kept
his crafty opponent at a safe distance, on the end of his punches
and kicks. The 25-year-old struck for a takedown from the body lock
position in the second round, passed the Maguire guard and racked
up points with ground-and-pound.
Maguire made a late bid for victory, scoring with a takedown of his
own in round three. He advanced to side control but could not
capitalize on the opportunity. Hathaway ultimately reclaimed guard
and freed himself from danger, short circuiting any potential for a
Hail Mary submission from Maguire.
Ludwig Injury Gives Mills TKO
An apparent knee injury suffered by Duane Ludwig
resulted in a premature technical knockout by Che Mills in a
featherweight showcase. Ludwig (21-14, 4-5 UFC) collapsed to the
canvas in visible pain 2:28 into round one, necessitating an
immediate stoppage. “Bang” has lost three consecutive fights for
the first time as a professional.
Mills (15-5, 2-1 UFC) dominated the match up until the injury. The
30-year-old former Cage Rage champion cut Ludwig underneath the
right eye during an early exchange, took down the Grudge Training
Center veteran with ease and grinded on him with elbows from side
“To be honest, there wasn’t really a set game plan,” said Mills,
who won for the sixth time in seven appearances. “I’ve just been
training so hard in all the areas, so I was [going to gauge] where
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