Miocic and Struve fought in September, 2012, and the latter finished the fight with a flurry of punches in round two. Heading into the scrap, Miocic had gone 9-0 in pro MMA bouts.
Well, obviously Miocic was able to rebound from the defeat, as since then, he’s gone 8-1 and is the reigning king of the UFC’s heavyweight division. Not only that, but the Cleveland fighter has stopped the last five men who have faced him.
Recently Struve was on hand for a fan Q&A in Stockholm, and he was asked about Miocic. After relaying that he thinks the champ has improved “a lot”, the Dutch heavyweight added this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I think you’ve got to weather the storm (with Miocic),” Struve said. “When I really get comfortable and find my range, then I feel like I’ll get the upper hand if we fight again. … I feel that if I keep him on the outside and just do my thing, then I think I’m his kryptonite.”
There’s no doubt that if you can’t get inside of Struve’s massive reach, then things typically go badly for you. It will be interesting to see if a rematch ever materializes between Struve and Miocic. “Skyscraper” still has a ways to go before he secures a title shot. But, because he holds a win over Miocic, his road to a title fight is likely shorter than other contenders, as long as the American’s the champ.
Up next, Struve is booked to fight Alexander Volkov on September 2nd.