Saturday at UFC on Fuel TV 5 in Nottingham, England, Stefan Struve finished Stipe Miocic by second-round TKO to become the newest contender in the UFC heavyweight division.
After a tentative start, Struve found his range in the second frame, landing frequent jabs and eventually opening up with uppercuts that stunned and ultimately felled Miocic, who, again, showed off his strong chin but could not recover from Skyscraper's pinpoint power shots.
Here are five fights Struve could take next.
These big, hard-hitting dudes would surely produce some fireworks—and maybe a new title challenger. They were going to do this one in May. I say go ahead and do it now.
If it turns out that Shane Carwin's knee injury is more serious than currently suspected, how about a rematch between the seven-footer and the second-to-last man to beat him? Nelson's flash knockout of Struve came only 39 seconds into the first round. More importantly, though, it came more than two years ago. I'm sure Struve would argue that he's advanced considerably since.
If Big Nog can handle Dave Herman (as Struve did earlier this year) when they fight on October 13, the fading but still potentially potent Hall of Famer could be a great test for young Struve.
We would see how dangerous Struve's ground game really is if he were to tangle with Fabricio Werdum, one of the best jiu-jitsu players in the world at any weight class.
This one's a natural. When these two face off next week, we'll have another bona fide contender. Either of these men would make a serious opponent for Struve. My money is on the more dynamic Travis Browne. It would be another rematch opportunity for Struve. But if he has really come as far as he seems to, why not give him a chance to exorcise the blemishes on his record?