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Struve’s comeback, Story’s upset highlight UFC 117 prelims

22-year old Stefan Struve improved his record to 20-4 earlier tonight during the ”UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen” preliminary bouts with an impressive comeback TKO of the previously undefeated Christian Morecraft.

Morecraft, who found success from the top after an early takedown during the fight’s opening five minutes, was unable to finish things and eventually fell victim to a well-placed combination from the 6’11 heavyweight twenty-two seconds into the second stanza for his first taste of professional defeat. Struve is now 3-1 in the UFC with a pair of finishing performances.

Meanwhile, Rick Story scored the biggest win of his career by finishing respected submission-specialist Dustin Hazelett a little over a minute into their fight’s second round. Story was able to neutralize Hazelett’s attack from guard throughout the first round before landing a few big strikes in the second for the TKO victory. The win was Story’s fourth straight in the Octagon.

In other action, two-time NCAA champion wrestler Johny Hendricks made a strong recovery after a mediocre opening round against opponent Charlie Brenneman. Hendricks, who struggled to find his rhythm in the first frame, landed a barrage of punches less than a minute into the second setting up the eventual TKO finish and preserving his perfect record (9-0).

Hendricks fellow amateur champ and multi-time All-American grappler Phil Davis rolled as expected against Rodney Wallace. “Mr. Wonderful”, who entered the bout as a tremendous favorite, channeled his inner-glow and dominated “Sho Nuff” from start to finish. The winning performance was the seventh of Davis’ career and maintained his undefeated status.

A full list of results from the UFC 117 preliminary bouts can be found below:

Dennis Hallman def. Ben Saunders via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Stefan Struve def. Christian Morecraft via TKO – Round 2, 0:22

Tim Boetsch def. Todd Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Johny Hendricks def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO – Round 2, 0:40

Phil Davis def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Rick Story def. Dustin Hazelett via TKO – Round 2, 1:15

  • jbustoff says:

    ok i think we have seen enough of john finch…he is bad for the sport…he needs to go back to wrestling…he sucks to watch

  • jbustoff says:

    Alhough it was one of the best cards as of late, I think we may have missed the best fight of the night….Joe Rogan vs. Dana White trying to be the one to wash Matt hughs’ back in the shower after his fight

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Chael Sonnen. Didnt get the win BUT backed up his trash talk about as much as possible without securing a win. That guys pace makes me tired. He was relentless, he wasnt even warned to ‘keep working’ because no matter what position he was in, he found a way to hit Silva. And the stand-up exchanges… I must bow to Sonnen for his fearlessness. Just like Rich S but with a far less absurb angle, I want to tear into this analytically. Please post about the big fight 5 ozs.!

  • hindsightufuk says:

    lost count how many times i said wow during that event, one of the most entertaining UFC cards in a long long time. So many highlights, from Roy taking a 15 minute beating from JDS, to Matt Hughes ridiculous choke, to Stefan’s ridiculous comeback, to Andersons ridiculous comeback. it was an exhilarating night, and about time, as i personally have felt let down pretty much every ppv that the UFC has had this year, but that was awesome

  • ChuckW says:

    These last 2 UFC PPVs have been awesome…wall – to – wall great fights

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Struve has lost to Roy Nelson and Junior Dos Santos so far in the UFC.
    Surprised to see that Hallman beat Saunders and Hazlett lost. Great overall event, easily one of the best ones.

  • MCM says:

    that’s two great UFC PPV cards in a row. I hope the Boston card delivers as well, Boston fans can be brutal.

  • JBAR says:

    Pretty chicken shit leg kick by Struve off the glove touch. Not quite as bad as Manny G. but still pretty chicken shit.

  • qat says:

    struves comeback was great without a doubt, nice combination as well.

    but, the way the first round went.., even the second before he finished it.., well struve seems to make the same mistakes all over again. he has to be the agressor with his massive reach, jab jab jab jab, and he has to use a lower stance. he cannot stand tall back to the fence like that.
    he needs to take some pages out of jon jones’s book i guess.
    and thats just the standup, he did not look very slick on the ground either..

    i hope he will make his way

  • Unabomberman says:


    Without a doubt. It was painful to watch the poor kid get his ass handed to him like that. He’s only 22 and seems intent on specializing on the Nogueira school of fighting which is brutally dumb, just watch his last four fights, from Buentello to his last one; Anderson Silva, in his entire career, has been beaten up less, and he’s 35 — that does not bode well for Struve.

    Since he’s from Holland, maybe he could do a training camp at Golden Glory, get those striking fundamentals in check perhaps?


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