Stefan Struve
File:Stefan Struve.jpg
Personal information
Nickname Skyscraper
Born February 18, 1988 (1988-02-18) (age 29)
Birthplace Beverwijk, Netherlands
Nationality Netherlands Flag Dutch
Height 6 ft 11
Weight 253 lbs
Reach 83 inches
Career information
Division Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Beverwijk, Netherlands
Team The Screiber
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Wins 21
Losses 4
Won by decision 1

Stefan Struve (born February 18, 1988 in Beverwijk, North Holland, the Netherlands) is a Dutch mixed martial artist, currently fighting for the UFC in the heavyweight division.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Struve made his professional debut in the GFN organization when he was only 17, fighting against John De Wilde at Gentlemen Fight Night. By late 2008, he had racked up an impressive record of 16-2, losing once via injury against Romualds Garkulis in only his second fight, and another time in the second round of a Star Of Peresvit tournament in Ukraine against Christian M'Pumbu.

In 2008, Struve entered talks with the DREAM and Affliction promotions before signing a four-fight deal with the UFC.[1] He lost his UFC debut at UFC 95, losing to Junior dos Santos in the first round after dos Santos stormed Struve with an aggressive flurry. Struve won his next fight at UFC 99 against Denis Stojnic in a bout that saw Struve bleeding profusely from a cut that later required stitches.[2] Struve was badly cut open with hammer fists from Stojnic while on his back in the first round, and despite bleeding excessively, persevered in the second round by gaining his opponent's back and eventually locking in a rear naked choke to win by submission at 2:37 of the second round.

Struve defeated UFC newcomer and previously undefeated Chase Gormley on October 24, 2009 at UFC 104 where he won the Submission of the Night award. The bout was composed mainly of grappling after Gormley took Struve down, there the Dutchman tried to work submissions until giving up top position to Gormley to secure a triangle choke. This made Struve the tallest fighter to win submission of the night for the UFC.

Struve then signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.[3] His first opponent with the newly signed deal was against returning veteran Paul Buentello at UFC 107, Struve filled in for an injured Todd Duffee. At UFC 107 Struve defeated Buentello by majority decision which was scored 29-28, 29-28, and 28-28. After the fight, Struve stated "I don't feel like a winner right now" and was openly displeased with his own performance.[4]

Struve is expected to face Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights winner Roy Nelson on March 31, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21 Struve is considered an underdog due to his weight difference and Nelson's ground and pound.[5]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Roy Nelson UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi 2010-03-31 United States flag Charlotte, North Carolina, US
Win 19-3 United States flag Paul Buentello Decision (Majority) UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez 2009-12-12 3 5:00 United States flag Memphis, Tennessee, US
Win 18–3 United States flag Chase Gormley Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun 2009-10-24 1 4:04 United States flag Los Angeles, California, US Won Submission of the Night honours
Win 17–3 Bosnia and Herzegovina flag Denis Stojnic Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 99: The Comeback 2009-06-13 2 2:37 Germany flag Cologne, Germany
Loss 16–3 Brazil flag Junior dos Santos TKO (Punches) UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson 2009-02-20 1 0:54 United Kingdom flag London, England, UK UFC Debut
Win 16–2 Brazil flag Mario Neto Submission (Rear Naked Choke) CG 10 - Clash of the Titans 2008-11-29 2 3:19 United Kingdom flag Liverpool, England, UK
Win 15–2 Netherlands flag Ralf Wonnink Submission (Armbar) KOE – Tough is Not Enough 2008-10-05 1 N/A Netherlands flag Ahoy Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 14–2 Japan flag Yuji Sakuragi Submission (Triangle Choke) M-1 Challenge 6 – Korea 2008-08-29 1 2:30 South Korea flag South Korea
Win 13–2 United Kingdom flag Colin Robinson Submission (Triangle Choke) Cage Gladiators 8 2008-07-27 1 0:20 United Kingdom flag England, UK
Win 12–2 Netherlands flag Ralf Wonnink Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Beast of the East 2008-01-26 1 N/A Netherlands flag Holland
Loss 11–2 France flag Christian M'Pumbu Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Star of Peresvit 2007-12-07 1 2:05 Ukraine flag Kiev, Ukraine
Win 11–1 Ukraine flag Sergey Danish TKO (Corner Stoppage) Star of Peresvit 2007-12-07 2 2:20 Ukraine flag Kiev, Ukraine
Win 10–1 Romania flag Tomek Smykowski Submission (Rear Naked Choke) BFS – Mixfight Gala 6 2007-11-25 1 N/A Germany flag Munich, Germany
Win 9–1 England flag Tom Blackledge Submission (Triangle Choke) Cage Gladiators 5 2007-11-04 1 2:14 United Kingdom flag Liverpool, England
Win 8–1 Russia flag Denis Komkin Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Siberian Challenge 1 2007-10-14 1 0:56 Russia flag Bratsk, Russia
Win 7–1 Croatia flag Marko Sintic Submission (Triangle Choke) CF – The Real Deal 2007-05-05 1 N/A Netherlands flag Emmen, Netherlands
Win 6–1 Finland flag Atte Backman Submission (Triangle Choke) Fight Festival 21 2007-03-17 1 3:54 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
Win 5–1 Germany flag Florian Muller TKO (Leg Kicks) Outsider Cup 6 2006-12-16 2 1:38 Germany flag Duisburg, Germany
Win 4–1 United States flag Marcus Sursa Submission (Triangle Choke) WEF – Orleans Arena 2006-06-10 1 3:01 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 3–1 Netherlands flag Murat Bourekba DQ Staredown City 2006-02-05 N/A N/A Netherlands flag Oostzaan, Netherlands
Win 2–1 Netherlands flag Emir Smajlovic KO (Punch) MMA Event 2005-09-17 1 N/A Netherlands flag Netherlands
Loss 1–1 22px Romualds Garkulis TKO (Injury) Mixfight Gala 2005-04-16 1 N/A Netherlands flag Netherlands
Win 1–0 Netherlands flag John De Wilde Submission (Armbar) Gentlemen Fight Night 2005-03-19 1 N/A Netherlands flag Netherlands Pro MMA Debut
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