UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve may only be 24 but he’s been training for a decade and has the in-ring experience of a much older fighter. The life he’s led has created a dangerous competitor whose confidence has been boosted by an 8-3 record in the Octagon including a three-fight winning streak against the likes of Pat Barry, Dave Herman, and most recently Lavar Johnson.
This weekend the “Skyscraper” will go for his fourth straight in a headlining match-up with unbeaten Stipe Miocic at UFC on Fuel 5. For Struve, the bout marks one more opportunity to prove he’s chosen the right professional path and get him a step closer to his ultimate goal.
“Since I was fourteen years old I’ve dreamt of winning a title. My brother got me into fighting. I haven’t left the gym since. At 17, I had my first pro fight. At 20, I competed in the UFC. I’m only 24 but I’ve been in 32 professional fights,” stated Struve of his background in a UFC feature promoting the September 29 show. “I’m confident. On a good day I can beat anybody.”
Even though his meeting with Miocic is a main event and could go twenty-five minutes as a result, Struve isn’t approaching the bout in such a way based on his past success even if he’s getting in the best shape possible to prepare for a potential war.
“I only went past the second round once so I’m not really worried about five rounds. I’m planning to go in there and finish this fight in round one or round two by a knockout or submission,” explained Struve. “I don’t think about going five rounds. I think about going in there and finishing this fight. That’s all.”
Struve holds an overall record of 24-5 with 22 stoppages, while Miocic is 9-0 with eight finishes to his credit.
Check out the complete “In Focus” video on the two heavyweights below:
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