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Old 05-24-2011, 10:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stefan Struve: "I believe I can go up to 285 lbs for my fights" (+ video documentary)

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Stefan Struve is a giant man and believe it or not, he's still getting bigger.

The 23 year old heavyweight out of the Netherlands is six feet eleven inches tall. His height earned him the nickname "The Skyscraper" but at such a young age, he's still growing into his body and packing on muscle to his lofty frame.
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"I've been getting a lot bigger lately. You saw at my last fight I was already 254 lbs at the weigh-ins. I'm gonna be about 260, maybe more at this fight. I believe that because I'm getting bigger and stronger, all the techniques are coming together easier and I feel that there's a lot more power in my body now. With the technique I already have and the power I'm starting to get, it's getting a lot easier to spar and fight heavy guys because I'm really starting to notice that they feel the impact."

"If you look at me now, there's a big difference than my first fight in the UFC. I believe that if I can go up to 285-290, that would be a good weight for me and then I'd cut down the week before the fight and step into the Octagon at 280-285. I think that would make a big difference in my opinion."
Struve is gearing up to face fellow heavyweight and knockout artist Travis Browne on the main card of UFC 130 later this month. He tells us that he'll be 'ready to bang' when the cage doors close on the 28th.

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"I'm always training every aspect of the game. I'm always working on the ground game and I'm always working on my stand-up. This has been a really good training camp with some really good sparring partners. I added some new coaches to my team as well. The fight starts standing and I believe he's ready to bang on the 28th and I'm ready to bang so we'll see where the fight goes. I'm not afraid of the stand-up that's for sure."
In nearly all of Struves UFC fights, he's absorbed significant damage. He ate a ton of punishment against Denis Stojnic, Paul Buentello and Christian Morecraft before coming back to win and his inability to dodge the power strikes cost him against Roy Nelson and Junior dos Santos. He's been taking extra steps to improve his striking defense lately including bringing in one of of the top kickboxers in the world.

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"We've really been working a lot on striking defense especially because if you look at the small UFC gloves and you put your hands at your head and try to take shots, the shots will get through. We've been working a lot on head movement and blocking shots. I've been working really hard and I can't wait to show it off."

"I've been sparring with Daniel (Ghita) since before my fight at UFC 104 against Chase Gormley. Lately we've been sparring a little more and it's been going great. He's one of the best in the world in the K-1 kickboxing scene and he's a big guy. He's about 250 lbs and his hands are world class. We get in there and get sparring but still we don't knock each other out or anything but I learn a lot from him."


Struve's upcoming opponent, Travis Browne, is undefeated and is currently 1-0-1 in the UFC. The Dutch fighter believes all the ingredients are there for an amazing fight. He also feels that Browne's pre-UFC opposition was less than impressive.

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"I think Travis is a great test for me at this point in my career. He's an exciting fighter to watch and he's got skill both on his feet and on the ground. It's gonna be an awesome fight. This is only his third fight in the UFC but I believe it's gonna be a big test. Unfortunately, he's not a big name but for now I'm focusing on him."

"I watched tape of him and my coaches watched as well. He's got powerful striking and some powerful kicks. He's a strong guy and his wrestling's pretty good. I believe off his back he's not that good and if he's in top position, I'm not that scared either because my guard is really strong. In my opinion, it's gonna be a great fight. He's undefeated but his biggest test was Kongo and for both of those guys, the fight was disappointing."

"The other guys he fought before the UFC weren't that good if you look at his record. He fought six guys that are 0-1 and that doesn't say very much and his biggest win was James McSweeney or Abe Wagner. He's got a couple okay knockouts but his record doesn't tell me much, more of his style, pace and habits."
In preparation for his upcoming fight, Struve branched out and began having his training filmed documentary-style. The first two episodes are already available. While "The Skyscraper" certainly isn't looking past Travis Browne, he'd love nothing more than to continue to progress and eventually settle the score with Junior dos Santos and Roy Nelson down the road.

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"Those guys are really good. I'm only focusing on this fight but for the future it would be very good to rematch both guys. I think Junior (dos Santos) will get his title shot, I think he's gonna win his upcoming fight. A rematch with Roy (Nelson) would be great in a couple years but there's no rush. I really want to just fight and keep improving right now. They beat me and those losses opened my eyes to some important things that helped tighten up my game and I worked hard on them. For the future I definitely want a chance at those guys though.

I want to say that I plan on finishing the fight. It's either going to be a knockout or submission and I think it'll be one hell of a fight. Travis would say the same. We'll both be ready on fight now. UFC 130 is going to be an awesome event and I'm gonna make sure and try my best to make this fight of the night."
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Nice interview and nice videos from Struve.

I belive he isn't talking s*it.

He is a tall guy and i could definitely see him getting much bigger and stronger than he is right now.

Combine that with his ever improving skills and you get a real scary prospect in 2-3 years time.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if only he had an abnormally large reach to match his height like bones, he would be a a huge force. as it is, love his fights and hope to see a win
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He's certainly going to be a force in the future. Talented and scrappy. Let him grow his body more and fine tune his technique and he could become a better Tim Silva.
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tim sylvia? definitely has more potential
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and i was merely saying that he should be better considering his age and skill set compared to a one dimensional freak show.
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I agree, but his main asset would be his height and if he could some how use his jab to keep opponents at bay and to set up his other attacks then a lot of fighters would have a hard time to beat him. He has a good ground game, but his bread and butter should be what he is blessed with physically which is his height, that's why I used Tim Sylvia as an example of a person using their height successfully.

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I agree, but his main asset would be his height and if he could some how use his jab to keep opponents at bay and to set up his other attacks then a lot of fighters would have a hard time to beat him. He has a good ground game, but his bread and butter should be what he is blessed with physically which is his height, that's why I used Tim Sylvia as an example of a person using their hieght successfully.
He started sparring a lot more with Daniel Ghita, one of the best K1 fighters atm and that should definitely improve his stand-up.

I see Struve as a top contender in 2-3 years time.
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One thing is for sure, being that he has a decent ground game and isn't affraid to fight off of his back, maybe we'll see some head kicks in the future. He could be like that nasty german K1 fight Sammy S, but with a all around game.
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Ya it's not a great comparison but I think we all get the point. Tim was a fish out of water on the ground, all he ever did was that ridiculous sprawl and he liked to bang. I shouldn't take anything away from him as he was a champion but Struve's style really is nothing like big Tim's imo.

Once Struve fully grows into his body he's going to be tough to handle with that long reach and competent ground game. I wonder about his chin with the big hitters out there but he's still young with lots to prove.

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