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  • 03-05-2013, 02:07 AM
    dbader08
    Yeah I'm not sure what Struve's deal is.

    Hunt is pretty quick though. He avoided alot of Struve's shots pretty easily. Maybe it took some of Struve's confidence, along with the fact that he was gassing. He has to put more combos together if one shot isn't working...or go for a clinch or try and work leg kicks more...he seems to have some pretty decent leg kicks. But just throwing one shot and backing up against guys like Hunt wont work when there isn't a lot of power behind it
  • 03-05-2013, 01:45 AM
    trustkill
    Quote Originally Posted by dbader08 View Post
    Me and one of my friends were talking...doesn't it seem like Struve has kind of a small/somewhat weak core for how big he is...and for how big his legs are. From working for subs/working from his guard and getting hit to the body, it seemed like he could barely hold his arms up in the 3rd round...

    But yeah, if getting his jaw broke doesn't finally teach him to not back straight with his chin straight up in the air, I'm not sure what will.
    I like Struve and think the best is yet to come, but one thing I'm not seeing is athleticism. I just don't think he has the reflexes/agility to employ a 'hit without getting hit' gameplan. No head movement. Dude isn't light on the feet, and like you said, by the third round his mobility was gone.

    He even said that his legs weighed 300 lbs in the third round--was that because Hunt used leg kicks?? Why can't Struve? It's because there was too much a risk of him being countered--even with a 12" height advantage. Struve has the reach, but not the co-ordination to use it.

    But why not develop the jab--everyone's been screaming at this guy to use a jab. I read some analysis on GSP that said Georges developed such an effective jab to compensate for natural lack of head movement--dominate range with a quick lead jab to avoid your opponents power hand before they throw it.

    Not sure what the answer is for Stefan. I think he should look to strike opportunistically and put more emphasis on offensive wrestling to mix up his gameplan.
  • 03-05-2013, 01:35 AM
    Pasha K
    To people saying "He is just 25"...well 25 is not 15, yes he still is going to progress, he is not yet in his prime but he is not a little kid anymore.
    I do not think that in 3 years he will be an unstoppable machine, plus his chin is not going to be stronger, he has been KOd many times already.

    He is definitely a good fighter, and maybe one day he will be a Top 5. But I do not see him ever being a UFC champion. Many fighters at 25 have been more impressive than Struve.
  • 03-04-2013, 11:55 PM
    dbader08
    Me and one of my friends were talking...doesn't it seem like Struve has kind of a small/somewhat weak core for how big he is...and for how big his legs are. From working for subs/working from his guard and getting hit to the body, it seemed like he could barely hold his arms up in the 3rd round...

    But yeah, if getting his jaw broke doesn't finally teach him to not back straight with his chin straight up in the air, I'm not sure what will.
  • 03-04-2013, 11:34 PM
    dexter
    Quote Originally Posted by tucker50 View Post
    Struve is only 25, he's going to get a lot better. The only real knock against him was his chin, but I think he showed last night that he can take a good shot and hang in there. Nobody hits harder than Hunt and Struve took a lot of big shots. With his heart and skill set, he'll be back in title contention for sure.
    I like Struve, but if he used his reach advantage anywhere near as effectively as Jon Jones, he wouldn't have lost to Hunt (or Nelson or Browne).

    Until he does that, I can't see him being in contention.
  • 03-04-2013, 08:20 AM
    Pasha K
    Mark Hunt is a fucking animal!!!

    Seriously he was extremely impressive. It is really amazing how a guy that was getting submitted left and right few years ago is now in a 4 win streak in the UFC.

    He is not going to be a champion, he is not beating guys like Cormier, Cain Velasquez or Werdum or Cigano, but what he has done is just awesome!

    I thought that if Struve take him down, he would submit Hunt very quickly. Struve looked very sloppy with his submission attempts, but that guy has subd many fighters, so he is not that sloppy after all. Mark Hunt defended himself very very well. The progress he has made in the ground game in the last couple of years is simply unbelievable!
  • 03-04-2013, 06:20 AM
    Trodden
    Struve took his shot like a man, and had balls to even get in there. Hunt is just a beast
  • 03-04-2013, 03:13 AM
    Sniggles
  • 03-04-2013, 02:49 AM
    Sakara=Excitement
  • 03-04-2013, 02:48 AM
    Sakara=Excitement
    After shaking off cobwebs, UFC on FUEL TV 8's Mark Hunt eyes next challenge | News

    SAITAMA, Japan – Mark Hunt admittedly was a bit rusty after injuries put him on the shelf for more than a year, but with his latest triumph, the suddenly surging heavyweight now just wants to stay busy.

    The Kiwi kickboxer scored a violent third-round knockout of Stefan Struve at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

    After two even rounds fought both standing and on the mat, Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) finally connected on his 7-foot-tall opponent. He followed a right hook with a vicious left that put Struve (25-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) down for good.

    It continued a remarkable turnaround for the former PRIDE and DREAM fighter. Back in 2010, Hunt made his UFC debut and looked flat in a 63-second submission loss to Sean McCorkle. Many, including UFC President Dana White, figured that'd be the end of Hunt. The 38-year-old, though, campaigned for one more shot. And since then, he's posted consecutive wins over Chris Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo and Struve. Three of the four wins have come via knockout.

    "I'd like to fight as soon as possible," Hunt, who now has the longest win streak in the UFC heavyweight division, told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps). "(A) top five (opponent) or whatever, man."
    To set up the victory, the 5-foot-10 Hunt had to test his grappling chops against Struve, who pulled guard in the first round before giving up an easy takedown in the second. For Hunt, it was a difficult proposition, but in many ways, a needed one.

    "Look man, after a year without fighting, it was hard to get someone even close to Stefan, (and I was) working with someone who wasn't even 6-foot-8," he said. "It was hard to gauge him, especially after a year off. My timing and everything was off. Like I said, I was willing to go anywhere. It was fine. Just my timing and a few other things went right."
    The timing couldn't have been better early in the third round, when he landed the fight-stopping combination. Hunt was so sure of the victory that he walked away before referee Herb Dean officially stopped the bout.

    Luckily, Dean quickly realized Struve was in a daze, and Hunt didn't need to deliver any further punishment. Of course, after eating plenty of heavy shots himself, Hunt didn't really remember the finish anyway.

    "I thought it was over, but he told me to keep going," Hunt said. "Then I went over there to try and finish it. I don't know, whatever.

    "I was a bit banged up too, you know?"
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