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Saturday's UFC on Fuel TV 5 main event was a fantastic matchup between two heavyweights who were content to stand and bang until brain fluid starting oozing out of somebody's ears, and that is always a great game plan in my book.
In Round 1, both Struve and Miocic had moments of success, with Miocic working the body of his taller opponent and Struve being all Struve-y and not utilizing his ridiculous reach. Why he is content to get punched way more than he has to beats the hell out of me, but it definitely results in fireworks for the fans.
From the beginning of Round 2, though, "The Skyscraper" looked to be a step quicker than Miocic, and the fight was written after a hard right hand turned Miocic's legs into rotten bananas.
Unable to catch his balance and seemingly walking on pudding, Miocic was repeatedly blasted by uppercut after uppercut from Struve, and Herb Dean called off the action before further damage could be done.
The win showed that Miocic has a great chin (he was never really unconscious; see Paul Daley vs. Martin Kampmann for a similar stoppage), but it also showed that he is not ready for the big leagues.
Struve is better than a gatekeeper in my eyes, but a top-tier heavyweight still beats him eight out of 10 times, and Miocic could not solve the puzzle before being stopped.
For Struve, the win shows that he has some serious power, and if he can just get to using his reach properly, he can be a legitimate top 10 heavyweight in the world.