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Stefan Struve scheduled for action against Mark Hunt at UFC on Fuel 8

The card for the UFC’s return to Japan just grew bigger, both literally and figuratively. Though not confirmed, a bout between heavyweights Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt has been linked to the lineup, pitting two finishers riding the momentum of recent winning streaks against each other in what should be a highly entertaining tilt.

MMAWeekly was first to report the UFC on Fuel 8 match-up, revealing both sides had verbally agreed to face off at the March 2 event.

Struve has scored finishes in four straight scraps including wins over Pat Barry, Lavar Johnson, and most recently Stipe Miocic. The 25-5 Dutchman has sixteen submissions to his credit, as well as seven wins featuring a strike-based stoppage, and is considered to be on the cusp of title-contendership.

Meanwhile, Japan marks a familiar stomping ground for Hunt who made a name for himself under the PRIDE banner. He holds an overall record of 8-7 including three straight instances of success in the Octagon, his most recent of which involved a knockout of Cheick Kongo at UFC 144.


  • Creature says:

    This should be fun while it lasts. Struve has a habit of not using his reach at all, and likes blocking punches with his face and body. If he continues this trend against Hunt, hes going to sleep again.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Should be an easy victory for Struve. I think he’ll finish things with a 1st round sub, as he did against Big Johnson.

  • darth_irritable says:

    I don’t see this ending well for Stefan. Hunt is not exactly forgiving of sloppy standup.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Still lots of Struve doubters, even on the heels of 4 straight victories (and 6 outta 7). I’m not sure he’ll ever be a legit title threat, but as far as this upcoming bout I don’t know what the nearly 39 yr old Hunt will bring to the table that Johnson or Stipe didn’t, both of whom Struve was able to finish off.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I got Struve to pull it out some how like has been doing for a while now. Guy is a freak

  • MCM says:

    I’m with ya Boner. This goes to the ground inside of the first minute with Struve for the win. Guys right at the top of the HW division and no one seems to want to admit it.

  • Creature says:

    I just wanna see Hunt fight Dos Santos, I just cant see Dos Santos taking Hunt down. Which would make for one hell of an epic fight.


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