Originally Posted by Canadian Psycho
You're right. He wasn't wobbled on multiple occasions. I and others here imagined it all
I'm not writing Struve off. Though I'm certainly not dubbing him the P4P most underrated fighter (whatever that means) either.
I wouldn't say you imagined it, but I think you came in with certain expectations, and those expectations coloured your perception of what you saw.
I just watched the fight again, and here are the only instances I found where Struve appeared to be in momentary trouble:
With about 1:30 left in the first:
Miocic catches Struve under the shoulder, and Struve, who was in the act of throwing something gets pushed off balance. John Anik thought he was hurt too, but that was nonsense.
You'll also note this happened after Struve landed cleanly. I actually think this was the turning point of the fight.
With about 2:10 left in the second:
This is a legit headshot, but Struve wasn't in any real trouble. Miocic moves his hand out of the way and throws a short arm punch which catches Struve by surprise. He rolls with it and tries to reset. You see that even as he's running away he's looking at Miocic. He cleanly avoids the next two punches, smiles, and gets back into his stance.
I made another gif for a beautiful flurry he landed about 30 seconds later (before the slip) but the file is a little over 6 megabytes and too large for this host.
Now, the big guy's striking defense is a work in progress, to put it generously, and a whole bunch of Stipe's strikes landed, or were at best partially blocked, but Struve was never in that much danger, and offensively he chains punches together very nicely. his punches quickly, and from a lot of angles. He's become very dangerous in the stand up, and almost no one is going to want to go to the ground with him.