Fuel TV 5: Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic Fight PredictionsPosted on September 29, 2012, 11:19 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anton Gurevich: Stefan Struve is a fantastic fighter, who will have a significant experience advantage against Stipe Miocic. However, I feel like Miocic possesses the necessary skillset to become the fourth man to defeat “The Skyscraper” inside the Octagon. Miocic impressed against Shane del Rosario by withstanding the pressure, and playing on his opponent’s weakness. I like Stefan Struve, but at the same time I fear that Miocic’s KO power and wrestling will be too much for the Dutchman. If Struve is unable to win via submission early on, I think Miocic will pick him apart en route to decision victory in Nottingham, England.
Mike Drahota: Struve vs. Miocic presents an interesting opportunity for both combatants in that the winner will most likely graduate to the upper echelons of the Heavyweight division. Struve has been in the UFC for the better part of five years even though he's only at the ripe age of 24. He has fought his up-and-down wars, and displays an impressive submission game. Miocic, on the other hand, has been a wrecking crew of an MMA fighter, demolishing all 9 of his opponents. A former state wrestling champ and Golden Gloves boxer, he has proved to be a very mean Heavyweight. Struve could use his extensive reach to batter Miocic from the outside, but I just don't know if the undefeated Miocic is ready to lose just yet. This one will not last five rounds folks so I see Miocic landing the more powerful strikes, and winning via TKO in Round 1.
Evan Holober: Stipe Miocic is a heavyweight prospect that is 3-0 in the UFC, 9-0 overall, and has stopped all but one of his opponents. He's as athletically gifted as anybody competing in MMA today, and has the speed to rival any HW currently competing in the UFC. Struve is a monster of a human being that has the length of Semmy Schilt, and the submission game of Demian Maia. His only losses in MMA have come when he fought to his opponents strengths, because when he fights to his there isn't many that can beat him. The problem Semmy jr. will have is Miocic is going to dictate where this fight takes place, as he carries the better wrestling. Stipe also has a gret boxing background, and power to hurt Struve standing. However, it all will come down to the ground in my opinion, and that's where I see Miocic making a mistake. Struve Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 2.