UFC on Fuel TV 8: Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Anthony Fusco@fusconation16Correspondent IIIDecember 31, 2012

UFC on Fuel TV 8: Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    A pair of entertaining heavyweights are set to meet as Mark Hunt faces the young up-and-comer Stefan Struve.

    Both fighters have displayed improved skills, and the desire to win and move up the heavyweight ladder.

    Hunt is a grizzled veteran, and Struve is the young lion looking to make a impression.

    Let's see how a breakdown of their skills would look.


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    Both men have excellent striking.

    Struve is finally using his massive reach and power to his advantage. In his current four-fight winning streak, he owns two stoppages due to strikes.

    He put together some solid combinations and put Dave Herman out. In his latest fight, he was able to knock out fellow prospect Stipe Miocic.

    Hunt also has excellent striking. He is a former K-1 kickboxing champion, and this has given him technique and power to spare.

    Hunt has displayed incredibly heavy hands in his three UFC fights with knockout victories over Chris Tuchscherer and Cheick Kongo.

    Because of the sheer power that Hunt possesses, I think he has a slight edge here.

    Edge: Hunt


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    Struve is the much more comfortable man regarding grappling.

    He has been taken down numerous times in his UFC career, but he uses his long limbs to get himself into better and dominant positions.

    He uses his massive size to out-maneuver his opponent's and to set up that final submission.

    Hunt's grappling is not on the level that Struve's is. Hunt has worked to get better with his grappling, but Struve is longer and has a more diverse attack.

    Edge: Struve


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    This category is very easy to decide.

    Hunt holds zero wins by submission. Six of his seven career MMA  losses have come via some kind of submission.

    Struve is on the opposite side of the spectrum. He has only lost one fight by submission, and that was way back in 2007.

    Struve is the owner of 16 submission wins and has won "Submission of the Night" three times in his 12 UFC fights.

    The edge is pretty clear here.

    Edge: Struve


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    Struve is a heavyweight on the cusp of stardom. He has put together an impressive winning streak with victories over Pat Barry, Dave Herman, Lavar Johnson and Stipe Miocic.

    Struve is finally learning how to use his reach to attack and defend himself. Despite the added defense, his chin has been called into question.

    He has suffered knockout losses to Junior dos Santos, Roy Nelson and Travis Browne.

    Barring that, he has built up a lot of momentum, and that is a very good thing to have before any fight.

    Hunt is a veteran of K-1 and Pride. He is a former K-1 champion, and that has given him elite striking.

    He is known to have heavy hands and an iron chin. He has also built up some good momentum with three straight UFC victories.

    Both fighters come into this contest riding high. It's anyone's fight when these men stand across the cage from each other.


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    Both men are riding good win streaks into this fight.

    Both also want to move up the heavyweight ladder and close in on a potential title shot.

    Struve has used his reach to defend well, but his chin is still susceptible to heavy hitters. He took some punishment in his latest fights before getting going in the later rounds.

    Hunt will not allow him to survive that long. Hunt hits hard and often. Despite Struve's best efforts, Hunt will stalk him down and hit him with those hammers he owns.

    Hunt will end Struve's streak with a nasty knockout.

    Prediction: Hunt defeats Struve by KO in the second round.