This past weekend at UFC 204 in Manchester, long time UFC heavyweight fighter Stefan Struve looked superb in his in second round submission (D’arce choke) victory over Daniel Omielanczuk. The win marked his 12th inside the octagon and with it “The Skyscraper” announced in no certain terms he is back to make a run at UFC gold.
Struve (28-8) secured himself his first submission victory since 2012 and has now won 3 of his last 4 over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antonio Silva and now Daniel Omielanczuk. With the recent wins the 28-year old now believes that he may one big victory away from a shot at current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, a man who has only been stopped once in his career and that was by Struve back in 2012.
“I know a certain someone who’s ranked No.1 in the world right now with a belt,” Struve said during a post fight interview. “I think Miocic would like to have that rematch too, but i need a big win to get that. I would love that fight, of course, but i need another win. I don’t really care about those rankings but we’ll see. I’m definitely going up. I want a higher-ranked guy than I just fought. And I want to work my way back up, to where I belong. We’ll see what the UFC has got in store for us.”
Struve has been in big fights his whole career, his UFC debut was a tough one as he faced and lost to Junior dos Santos who would later go onto to capture the heavyweight title. Having fought 18 times for the promotion of which he has won 12, Struve has faced the who’s who inside the cage and while he is very aware of his personal standings within the division he is more than ready to fight the big names which could include Andrei Arlovski, Derrick Lewis, Francis Ngannou or even a rematch with Travis Browne.