MMAFrenzy.com continues its preview of UFC on Versus 6 with a new take on our head-to-head breakdowns. Each day we’ll look at a different fight from Saturday’s main card, ending with the main event on Friday.
UFC on Versus 6 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C..
A bantamweight title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson will headline the card. The fight marks the first time a title fight will air free on TV since 2007’s UFC 75. While no announcement has been made yet about the preliminary fights, the fights will likely air on Facebook.
Pat Barry versus Stefan Struve
Keys for Barry (Bryan Robison)- Pat Barry is really trying to live up to his nickname “Hype or Die”. He continues to look impressive in bouts such as matchups with Antoni Hardonk and against Joey Beltran. But then he doesn’t live up to the hype against Mirko Cro Cop, along with being knocked out in one of the highlight fights of the year against Cheick Kongo in June.
Regardless, Barry holds a striking advantage over nearly every other heavyweight in the division. That may be more evident than ever against Stefan Struve, whom he faces this Saturday at UFC on Versus 6. Yes, Struve is tall. However, that is really the only advantage that he ever holds against an opponent in the UFC. In fact, it has been a detriment for him a few times, and he still has yet to learn how to properly use his length.He has already been knocked out by a significantly shorter opponent in Roy Nelson (who stands 6’0), and Barry has more power in his hands than “Big Country”.
Barry holds devastating leg kicks, which will prove key against a guy who he will barely stand eye to chest with. Struve has done well with heavyweights when they possess size, but when his opponent is much faster and puts the pressure on him, he struggles. Against Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson, and Travis Browne, Struve could not get out of the way of himself. Barry will try to continue that routine.
I just hope the fight will live up to the hype of how fun that staredown will be.
Keys for Struve (CL)- The key for Stefan Struve is keeping range and forcing Barry to stay on the outside. Struve’s biggest problems come up when a fighter gets in the pocket with him. Struve, however, tends to let guys close more often than not and it has cost him several fights to opponents he would have been able to pick apart if he used his reach. Barry is on another level with his striking and it is his main weapon, so it would be a huge mistake for Struve to allow Barry to get close to him. Making Barry chase and pulling guard when he gets in the pocket may be his best option.
Struve is a very strong grappler whose 6’11” frame gives him a signifigant amount of leverage when he is on the ground. Against a smaller fighter in Barry, Struve would engulf the fighter in his guard or smother him from top. Another advantage Struve’s frame gives him on the ground is the ability to sweep out of bad positions using the aforementioned leverage. Struve’s best chance to win the fight is on the ground, and if he can get it there in a situation where he has not been rocked he could drastically change the complexion of the fight.
If anything, this fight has already seen some of the more amusing “trash-talk” in recent memory as both fighters have chosen to comically hype their fight as witnessed by multiple videos and twitter comments. However, once the cage door closes, expect this to be a war as both have a lot riding on this fight.