One of the most important aspects of mixed martial arts fighting is the ability to adapt to your opponent’s attack and adjust your own to counter and overcome it. 23-year-old Stefan Struve showed his proficiency in that area tonight by overcoming early trouble delivered by Dave Herman to pull out the TKO victory.
Struve and Herman met in the co-main event of UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger tonight at the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Herman frustrated Struve throughout the early goings of the fight, getting inside his massive reach to land solid combos and getting out of the way before Struve could return fire.
During the first round, the 6’11” Skyscraper looked flat and off-rhythm, but he came into the second a man on a mission, taking Herman down in short order and establishing mount. Herman defended and scrambled free, but the opening stanza foreshadowed the fight’s end, as Struve eventually clipped Herman with a hard uppercut after breaking down his base with an inside leg kick. The shot dropped Herman and Struve followed him down, taking mount and raining down punches until the ref was forced to call a stop to the bout.
Struve improves his overall record to 23-5 (7-3 UFC) and is now on a two-fight winning streak. Herman falls to 21-3 and is now 1-1 in the Octagon. For full results from UFC on Fuel TV 1, click here.