He will make his debut at UFC 95 in London, although his opponent has not been agreed upon.
“I think I can beat most of the guys there. They have five or six really good heavyweights. The other guys… not so good, I think,” Struve told us.
Struve (22-2) was picked up by the promotion after submitting UFC veteran Mario ‘Sukata’ Neto several weeks ago.
And in July, he stopped another UFC veteran – Colin Robinson – with a triangle after a one-sided first round.
Just 20 years old, Struve has tapped two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts in his four-year career and has won more than 75 per cent of his fights by submission.
The groundwork the UFC is laying in Europe is phenemonal. Whether it be talent acquisition, brand identity or media contacts, they are setting themselves up for massive success when the European push behind MMA enters its first real growth stage. Even if there were a substantive competitor at home – and there most certainly isn’t in this disorganized mess between Affliction and Zombie EliteXC – the UFC is ensuring that when Europeans begin to show a keen interest in MMA, they will be the first and majority owner of the response. Watch out.
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