Towering Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve has a record that belies his young age, the 23-year-old already sporting a career mark of 22-5, with six wins in the Octagon already. Having just rebounded from a first-round knockout loss to Travis Browne by submitting Pat Barry in their October, 2011 tilt, the 6’11” Skyscraper is looking to keep the ball rolling when he meets the returning Dave Herman next month in Omaha, Nebraska.
Having spent time (albeit only 1:33 combined) in the cage with the likes of seasoned veteran Roy Nelson and current heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos, Struve believes he will be more threatening a fighter than Herman, his slight elder at 27, who made his UFC debut in June of last year and hasn’t fought since.
“I think I’m the more technical striker,” Struve said. “He’s got KO power, but he still has to prove that against higher caliber fighters. Maybe his wrestling is better, but if he wants to take me down, he’s gonna have to work from my guard.”
Herman made his first UFC appearance a successful one, winning with a second-round TKO over respected international competitor John-Olav Einemo which earned him a Fight of the Night bonus. He was scheduled to meet Mike Russow this past October, but the bout was cancelled when Herman failed a pre-fight drug test for marijuana.
Struve will meet the 21-2 Team Quest fighter on February 15 on the main card of UFC on FUEL TV 1: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska.