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Stefan Struve – Stats, history and MMA record

Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve (the tallest MMA Fighter)

Man in black shirt with shaved head. Stefan Struve.
  • Age: 32
  • Date of birth: 18 February 1988
  • Born: Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • Fighting out of: Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
  • Weight: 263 lb (119 kg; 18 st 11 lb)
  • Reach: 84 1⁄2 in (215 cm)
  • Stance: Conventional
  • Main styles: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, 
  • Belts: Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Gym / Teams: Team Schribjber, Combat Club, Hard Knocks 365
  • Pro MMA record: 29-11 
  • Winning %: 73%
  • Losing %: 27%
  • Wins by KO/TKO: 8 (28%)
  • Wins by submission: 18 (62%)
  • Wins by decision: 2 (7%)

Stand out Stats

  • In 2012, Struve became the first person to defeat future UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, as he stopped the American in round two at UFC on FUEL TV 5. Miocic had gone 9-0 before facing the Dutch fighter.
  • After losing his second, pro-MMA fight in 2005, Struve went on to win 10 straight fights: the longest winning streak of his career.
  • Struve was the last fighter to face the legendary Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who retired after his decision loss to the heavyweight in August, 2015.

Pro MMA Record (1)

WinMarcos Rogério de LimaUFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos Feb / 23 / 2019Submission (arm-triangle choke)22:21
LossMarcin TyburaUFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith Jul / 22 / 2018Decision (unanimous)35:00
LossAndrei ArlovskiUFC 222 Mar / 03 / 2018Decision (unanimous)35:00
LossAlexander VolkovUFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve Sep / 02 / 2017TKO (punches)33:30
WinDaniel OmielańczukUFC 204 Oct / 08 / 2016Submission (D’Arce choke)21:41
WinAntônio SilvaUFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski May / 08 / 2016KO (elbows)10:16
LossJared RosholtUFC 193 Nov / 14 / 2015Decision (unanimous)35:00
WinAntônio Rodrigo NogueiraUFC 190 Aug / 01 / 2015Decision (unanimous)35:00
LossAlistair OvereemUFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic Dec / 13 / 2014KO (punches)14:13
LossMark HuntUFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann
Mar / 03 / 2013
TKO (punches)31:44
WinStipe MiocicUFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic Sep / 29 / 2012TKO (punches)23:50
WinLavar JohnsonUFC 146 May / 26 / 2012Submission (armbar)11:05
WinDave HermanUFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger Feb / 15 / 2012TKO (punches)23:52
WinPat BarryUFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson
Oct / 01 / 2011
Submission (triangle armbar)23:22
LossTravis BrowneUFC 130 May / 28 / 2011KO (superman punch)14:11
WinSean McCorkleUFC 124 Dec / 11 / 2010TKO (punches)13:55
WinChristian MorecraftUFC 117 Aug / 07 / 2010KO (punches)20:22
LossRoy NelsonUFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi Mar / 31 / 2010TKO (punches)10:39
WinPaul BuentelloUFC 107 Dec / 12 / 2009Decision (majority)35:00
WinChase GormleyUFC 104 Oct / 24 / 2009Submission (triangle choke)14:04
WinDenis StojnićUFC 99 Jun / 13 / 2009Submission (rear-naked choke)22:37
LossJunior dos SantosUFC 95 Feb / 21 / 2009TKO (punches)10:54
WinMario NetoCage Gladiators 10: Clash of the Titans Nov / 29 / 2008Submission (rear-naked choke)23:19
WinRalf WonninkK.O. Events: Tough Is Not Enough Oct / 05 / 2008Submission (armbar10:15
WinYuji SakuragiM-1 Challenge 6: Korea Aug / 29 / 2008Submission (triangle choke)12:30
WinColin RobinsonCage Gladiators 8 Jul / 27 / 2008Submission (triangle choke)1N/A
WinRalf WonninkBeast of the East Jan / 26 / 2008Submission (rear-naked choke)1N/A
LossChristian M’PumbuStar of Peresvit Dec / 07 / 2007Submission (D’Arce choke)12:05
WinSergey DanishStar of Peresvit Dec / 07 / 2007TKO (corner stoppage)22:20
WinTomek SmykowskiTempel Fight School: Mixfight Gala VI Nov / 25 / 2007Submission (choke)1N/A
WinTom BlackledgeCage Gladiators 5 Nov / 04 / 2007Submission (triangle choke)12:14
WinDenis KomkinBratsk Combat Sports Festival: Siberian Challenge 1 Oct / 14 / 2007Submission (rear-naked choke)1N/A
WinMarko ŠinticCombined Forces: The Real Deal May / 05 / 2007Submission (triangle choke)1N/A
WinAtte BackmanFight Festival 21 Mar / 17 / 2007Submission (triangle choke)13:54
WinFlorian MüllerOutsider Cup 6 Dec / 16 / 2006TKO (punches)21:38
WinMarcus SursaWorld Extreme Fighting: Orleans Arena Jun / 10 / 2006Submission (triangle choke)13:01
WinMurat BourekbaStaredown City Feb / 05 / 2006DQ (fish-hooking)N/AN/A
WinEmir SmajlovicMMA: Event Sep / 17 / 2005KO (punches)1N/A
LossRomualds GarkulisMixfight Gala Apr / 16 / 2005TKO (corner stoppage)15:00
WinJohn de WildeGentlemen Fight Night Mar / 19 / 2005Submission (armbar)1N/A

Biography / Interesting Facts

Struve’s early days and move into MMA

The future fighter was born in Beverwijk, Netherlands. Struve played football (soccer) until he was taken by his brother at the age of 14 to train with former fighter and renowned coach, Bob Schreibe at his gym. 

Struve mad his professional MMA debut at the young age of 17, and he submitted John de Wilde at a Gentleman Fight Night card in 2005.

The Dutch fighter faces Junior dos Santos in his Octagon debut

After going 15-2 in his first 17 pro-bouts, Struve made his way to the UFC in 2009. In his first Octagon appearance, Struve took on future UFC heavyweight champ, Junior dos Santos, who quickly knocked him out in the opening round. Dos Santos was competing under the UFC banner for the second time.

Struve rebounded from the loss, however, as he proceeded to win three straight fights before being stopped by Roy Nelson in 2010. 

The tallest fighter in the UFC

At 7’1 feet tall, the massive Struve is the tallest fighter on the UFC roster and the “Skyscraper” is also tied with Jon Jones for having the longest reach in the promotion. Both men have awe-inspiring reaches of 84.5 inches (215 cm) (2). Which also means he has huge hands that need large MMA gloves, you can see our glove selection here.

A heart condition threatens to cut Struve’s career short

In 2013 it was revealed that Struve had a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart, and a result, the heavyweight’s career was in doubt. The Dutch fighter underwent treatment for the condition, and Struve returned to the Octagon the following year.

Struve calls for a rematch with Stipe Miocic

Although Struve stopped Miocic in their 2012 bout, following his submission victory over Daniel Omielanczuk in 2016, he began campaigning for a rematch with the American star. The key reason being that at the time, Miocic was in the midst of his first reign as the UFC’s heavyweight champ (3).

“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.”

– Stefan Struve

Struve decides against retirement

Following Struve’s submission win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima in February, 2019, the massive fighter announced that the bout was very likely going to be his last. Struve cited his heart condition as a reason why he was leaning toward retirement. 

In August, 2019, however, the UFC announced that Struve will fight Ben Rothwell at the promotion’s December 7th card in Washington, D.C. The heavyweight tweeted out the following, after the news broke (4).

“Sometimes you need to take a little bit of space and time to realise how much you still love doing something. December 7th it is time to get back 2 it!”

– Stefan Struve

The “Skyscraper” is deadly on the ground

Although Struve has showcased dangerous kickboxing skills during his career, working behind his extensive reach, the “Skyscraper” has finished most of his fights on the ground. The talented grappler has recorded 18 submission wins during his career. Eight of those submissions have come via a triangle-choke, and Struve used the technique to tap-out Chase Gormley and Pat Barry in UFC action.

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  1. Wikipedia, Stefan Struve. Retrieved from
  2. Tapology, Longest Reach Mixed Martial Arts. Retrieved from
  3. Prates Fernanda, Subhan, Abbey (2016, October 9) UFC 204 winner Stefan Struve says rematch with champ Stipe Miocic might be one ‘big win’ away. Retrieved from
  4. Twitter, Stefan Struve (2019, August 13). Retrieved from

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