The career paths of two gifted young heavyweights cross as the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to England for the first time in nearly a year.

Stefan Struve tipped the scales at 251 pounds for his high-stakes matchup with the undefeated Stipe Miocic (239) in the UFC on Fuel TV 5 main event on Saturday at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The 10 other men locked into duty on the main card, welterweight co-headliners Dan Hardy (169) and Amir Sadollah (169) included, also met their contracted weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.

Sherdog Fantasy MMA: UFC on Fuel TV 5 Free Fan Pick’Em
The tallest competitor in UFC history at 7-feet, Struve will carry a three-fight winning streak into the cage. The 24-year-old Dutchman last appeared at UFC 146 in May, when he needed just 65 seconds to submit Strikeforce veteran Lavar Johnson with an armbar at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A Bob Schrijber protégé, Struve sports 22 finishes among his 24 professional victories, 16 of them by submission. He holds an 8-3 mark in the UFC.

A former Golden Gloves boxing champion who wrestled collegiately at Cleveland State University, Miocic has secured seven of his nine career wins by knockout or technical knockout. The 30-year-old Strong Style Fight Team export has not competed since he put away Shane del Rosario with a series of second-round elbows four months ago at UFC 146. Long lauded as one of the heavyweight division’s most promising prospects, Miocic has won all three of his fights inside the Octagon.

UFC on Fuel TV 5 “Struve vs. Miocic” -- which airs on Fuel TV at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT -- will also feature a bantamweight battle pitting Brad Pickett (135) against Yves Jabouin (136), a lightweight duel matching Paul Sass (156) against Matt Wiman (156) and a pair of welterweight bouts, as John Hathaway (169) meets John Maguire (169) and Che Mills (170) locks horns with Duane Ludwig (169).

The five preliminary fights will stream live to the UFC’s Facebook page at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT: Jimi Manuwa (204) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (204), Andy Ogle (144) vs. Akira Corassani (144), Tom Watson (186) vs. Brad Tavares (185), Gunnar Nelson (*175) vs. DaMarques Johnson (*183) and Jason Young (145) vs. Robbie Peralta (144).

UFC on Fuel TV 5 Weigh-In Results:


Stefan Struve (251) vs. Stipe Miocic (239)
Dan Hardy (169) vs. Amir Sadollah (169)
Brad Pickett (135) vs. Yves Jabouin (136)
Paul Sass (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
John Hathaway (169) vs. John Maguire (169)
Che Mills (170) vs. Duane Ludwig (169)
Jimi Manuwa (204) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (204)
Andy Ogle (144) vs. Akira Corassani (144)
Tom Watson (186) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
Gunnar Nelson (*175) vs. DaMarques Johnson (*183)
Jason Young (145) vs. Robbie Peralta (144)

* The Nelson-Johnson bout will be held at a catch-weight of 183 pounds.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

VIDEO: Urijah Faber Talks PEDs, Brock Lesnar, and Chad Mendes

  • 26 days ago
  • 66 views

Urijah Faber reflects on his career and also shares his thoughts on Brock Lesnar and Chad Mendes’ recent involvement with PEDs. read news >>

Brock Lesnar’s MMA Career is Done

  • 25 days ago
  • 322 views

Unless Brock Lesnar is somehow completely exonerated for testing positive to a banned substance, he is done with MMA. read news >>

Amanda Nunes Plans to Wait for Ronda Rousey’s UFC Return

  • 22 days ago
  • 53 views

Fresh off the biggest win over her career over Miesha Tate at UFC 200 to capture the women's bantamweight title, Amanda Nunes is hoping for an even bigger fight in her first title defense. read news >>

UFC 202 Video: Conor McGregor – The Takedown

  • 15 days ago
  • 112 views

In this episode of The Takedown, Conor McGregor sits down to discuss his confident mindset, career success, gift of gab, and bright future in the UFC. read news >>

Conor McGregor Still Hasn't Talked with New UFC Owners, Praises Fertitta, White

  • 11 days ago
  • 29 views

A big part of the early days of Conor McGregor's UFC career was how he endeared himself with the UFC's ownership group. These new guys, though? He doesn't know them quite yet. Speaking with Ariel Hel read news >>

Diaz vs. McGregor 2: Career Stats, Highlights for Both Before UFC 202

  • 8 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC 202 will be anchored by one of the most anticipated rematches in the organization's history when Conor McGregor attempts to earn some redemption against Nate Diaz in the main event. The narrative read news >>

Nate Diaz's MMA Career Comes Full Circle with Conor McGregor Rivalry

  • 5 days ago
  • 26 views

Since Nate Diaz’s UFC debut in 2007, when he won The Ultimate Fighter 5, he hasn’t been shy about expressing his opinions or sticking up for perceived injustices. Even after defeating Conor McGregor read news >>

Demian Maia returns to Vancouver in search of title shot

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 views

Demian Maia returns to Vancouver this weekend, a place that was the low-point before a career renaissance, in the hopes of earning another shot at championship glory. read news >>

Donald Cerrone Inks New 8-Fight UFC Deal

  • a day ago
  • 50 views

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone appears hell bent on riding out his career in the Octagon, as he's signed a new 8-fight deal with the UFC. read news >>