Given his massive reach, many assume the strongest part of Stefan Struve's game would be his striking. However, Struve's fights under the UFC banner have proven that is not the case.
While Struve does have capable striking and scored a spectacular come-from-behind knockout win against Christian Morecraft, he often doesn't use his reach to his advantage and is much more dangerous on the ground than on his feet.
Similarly, Dave Herman is not an extremely technical striker, but he possesses power that has allowed him to pick up 15 of his 21 career wins via knockout. In his UFC debut against John-Olav Einemo, Herman ate plenty of big shots before returning fire and putting his opponent away in the second round.
A stand-up fight between Struve and Herman would likely turn into a back-and-forth slugfest with neither fighter having a significant advantage in power or technique.
Struve has been knocked out in all three of his losses inside the Octagon. Even though all three of those knockouts came against heavy-hitting opponents, Struve's ability to defend himself on his feet has to be a concern against a fighter like Herman.
Meanwhile, Herman has only been knocked out once in 23 career fights. Though that doesn't mean he can completely disregard Struve's power, Herman showed that he can take a good deal of punishment in his fight against Einemo.
If this fight stays standing, there is a much better chance that Herman would work his way inside and put Struve's lights out than the Dutchman landing a knockout blow of his own from the outside.
Training with Team Quest, a camp known for its wrestling prowess, Herman holds a significant advantage over Struve in the wrestling department. Seldom has Struve stifled opponents' takedown attempts, but the 23-year-old has a dangerous guard waiting once the fight goes to the ground.
Whether it would be wise for him to grapple with Struve or not, Herman will be the fighter to decide where this fight takes place.