Stefan Struve – Stats, history and MMA record
Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve (the tallest MMA Fighter)
- 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)
|Win||Marcos Rogério de Lima||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos Feb / 23 / 2019||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||2:21|
|Loss||Marcin Tybura||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith Jul / 22 / 2018||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Loss||Andrei Arlovski||UFC 222 Mar / 03 / 2018||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Loss||Alexander Volkov||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve Sep / 02 / 2017||TKO (punches)||3||3:30|
|Win||Daniel Omielańczuk||UFC 204 Oct / 08 / 2016||Submission (D’Arce choke)||2||1:41|
|Win||Antônio Silva||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski May / 08 / 2016||KO (elbows)||1||0:16|
|Loss||Jared Rosholt||UFC 193 Nov / 14 / 2015||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Win||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||UFC 190 Aug / 01 / 2015||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Loss||Alistair Overeem||UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic Dec / 13 / 2014||KO (punches)||1||4:13|
|Loss||Mark Hunt||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann|
Mar / 03 / 2013
|Win||Stipe Miocic||UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic Sep / 29 / 2012||TKO (punches)||2||3:50|
|Win||Lavar Johnson||UFC 146 May / 26 / 2012||Submission (armbar)||1||1:05|
|Win||Dave Herman||UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger Feb / 15 / 2012||TKO (punches)||2||3:52|
|Win||Pat Barry||UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson|
Oct / 01 / 2011
|Submission (triangle armbar)||2||3:22|
|Loss||Travis Browne||UFC 130 May / 28 / 2011||KO (superman punch)||1||4:11|
|Win||Sean McCorkle||UFC 124 Dec / 11 / 2010||TKO (punches)||1||3:55|
|Win||Christian Morecraft||UFC 117 Aug / 07 / 2010||KO (punches)||2||0:22|
|Loss||Roy Nelson||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi Mar / 31 / 2010||TKO (punches)||1||0:39|
|Win||Paul Buentello||UFC 107 Dec / 12 / 2009||Decision (majority)||3||5:00|
|Win||Chase Gormley||UFC 104 Oct / 24 / 2009||Submission (triangle choke)||1||4:04|
|Win||Denis Stojnić||UFC 99 Jun / 13 / 2009||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||2:37|
|Loss||Junior dos Santos||UFC 95 Feb / 21 / 2009||TKO (punches)||1||0:54|
|Win||Mario Neto||Cage Gladiators 10: Clash of the Titans Nov / 29 / 2008||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||3:19|
|Win||Ralf Wonnink||K.O. Events: Tough Is Not Enough Oct / 05 / 2008||Submission (armbar||1||0:15|
|Win||Yuji Sakuragi||M-1 Challenge 6: Korea Aug / 29 / 2008||Submission (triangle choke)||1||2:30|
|Win||Colin Robinson||Cage Gladiators 8 Jul / 27 / 2008||Submission (triangle choke)||1||N/A|
|Win||Ralf Wonnink||Beast of the East Jan / 26 / 2008||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||N/A|
|Loss||Christian M’Pumbu||Star of Peresvit Dec / 07 / 2007||Submission (D’Arce choke)||1||2:05|
|Win||Sergey Danish||Star of Peresvit Dec / 07 / 2007||TKO (corner stoppage)||2||2:20|
|Win||Tomek Smykowski||Tempel Fight School: Mixfight Gala VI Nov / 25 / 2007||Submission (choke)||1||N/A|
|Win||Tom Blackledge||Cage Gladiators 5 Nov / 04 / 2007||Submission (triangle choke)||1||2:14|
|Win||Denis Komkin||Bratsk Combat Sports Festival: Siberian Challenge 1 Oct / 14 / 2007||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||N/A|
|Win||Marko Šintic||Combined Forces: The Real Deal May / 05 / 2007||Submission (triangle choke)||1||N/A|
|Win||Atte Backman||Fight Festival 21 Mar / 17 / 2007||Submission (triangle choke)||1||3:54|
|Win||Florian Müller||Outsider Cup 6 Dec / 16 / 2006||TKO (punches)||2||1:38|
|Win||Marcus Sursa||World Extreme Fighting: Orleans Arena Jun / 10 / 2006||Submission (triangle choke)||1||3:01|
|Win||Murat Bourekba||Staredown City Feb / 05 / 2006||DQ (fish-hooking)||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Emir Smajlovic||MMA: Event Sep / 17 / 2005||KO (punches)||1||N/A|
|Loss||Romualds Garkulis||Mixfight Gala Apr / 16 / 2005||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||5:00|
|Win||John de Wilde||Gentlemen Fight Night Mar / 19 / 2005||Submission (armbar)||1||N/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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- Wikipedia, Stefan Struve. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Struve
- Tapology, Longest Reach Mixed Martial Arts. Retrieved from https://www.tapology.com/search/misc/longest-reach-mixed-martial-artists
- 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 https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2016/10/ufc-204-winner-stefan-struve-says-rematch-with-champ-stipe-miocic-might-be-one-big-win-away
- Twitter, Stefan Struve (2019, August 13). Retrieved from https://twitter.com/StefanStruve/status/1161314398595702784
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