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Throwdown Lowdown: Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC on Fuel TV 5

Stefan Struve, a heavyweight fighter who's also the tallest UFC competitor, appears at a weigh-in. (Photo courtesy of

Welcome to the latest edition of MMADiehards’ “Throwdown Lowdown.” Each week, one of our writers breaks down the mechanics of a pro MMA match and shows fight fans what it all means. Today’s column examines the heavyweight havoc that took place between Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic during UFC on Fuel TV 5′s main event.

Who: Stefan “The Skyscraper” Struve vs. Stipe Miocic

What: UFC heavyweight main event

Where: UFC on Fuel TV 5 at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England

When: Last Saturday (Saturday, Sept. 29)

Why: The UFC made this fight to see which of two promising heavyweights had what it takes for the next level. Both men entered the Octagon on solid win streaks, making their clash extremely meaningful. Whoever emerged victorious ensured themselves a spot in their division’s upper echelons.

The good: Two heavyweights hungry for success guarantee fireworks almost every fight. Last Saturday was no exception, and Struve vs. Miocic delivered a back-and-forth battle of wills.

Two short rounds was all it took for both men to display their vastly different striking styles. A former Golden Gloves boxer, Miocic threw a wide array of combos against “The Skyscraper.” Hurling his hands high, low and everywhere in-between, he made sure Struve was aching all over Sunday morning.

Struve, in contrast, utilized his kickboxing background for keeping Miocic at bay. Every time the Croatian-American tried closing the distance, Struve would send him back with long-limbed jabs or high kicks. Often criticized for ignoring his potential range, “The Skyscraper” sent those doubts packing with his graceful technique during Saturday’s tilt.

The bad: In an interesting twist, Struve’s dreaded ground game kept the fight standing. It nullified Miocic’s NCAA Division I wrestling, a weapon he often employs with great results. Trying for takedowns twice, he gave up each one after Struve threatened to snare him in submission holds.

“The Skyscraper,” for his part, stuck out his chin one too many times for an opponent with power punching like Miocic’s. This lack of range gave Struve scares, at times opening him to body shots and chin checks he didn’t have to take. It’s a course he eventually corrected, but not without some close calls first.

The ugly: It might have been a short skirmish, but each man performed some sickening moves during their fight.

Miocic, for starters, made his punches count. The Ohioan threw crisp, cringe-inducing shots that pulverized Struve’s ribs and liver. Hitting so hard they were audible, fight fans heard cracks and thuds every time he swung for the fences.

Struve more than made up for it by brutally knocking Miocic unconscious. Possessing a granite chin, Miocic made his face target practice for Struve’s bombs. He didn’t go quietly, and the resulting beatdown is one of 2012′s nastiest TKOs thus far.

The end result: Backing his foe into the cage, Struve shot a straight right into Miocic’s face. “The Skyscraper” didn’t stop there, following up with another straight right and a flurry of uppercuts. Ever the glutton for punishment, Miocic wouldn’t quit even as the strike tally multiplied. Ending up against the chain-links, he was out on his feet by the time the bell rang.

What it all means: The outcome of UFC on Fuel TV 5′s “Fight of the Night” predicts very different futures for both men.

For Miocic, last Saturday’s loss marks the end of his perfect record. Tasting defeat for the first time affects different warriors in different ways. How Miocic handles such misfortune will determine how much impact he makes in the heavyweight division from now on.

For Struve, his latest ‘W’ represents his fourth finish over four fights. It’s an impressive stat, and one that sees “The Skyscraper” entering discussions about the division’s top ten fighters for the first time. The UFC will test that theory with an elite opponent for Struve’s next match. Given the Dutchman has already called out Fabricio Werdum, look for that war next on the horizon.

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ in Washington D.C.

UFC on FUEL TV 5 bonuses: Pickett, Wiman, Struve, Miocic earn $40K awards

UFC on FUEL TV 5 draws a reported 7,241 attendance for $970K live gate

‘UFC on FUEL TV 5′ main card recap: Struve, Pickett, Mills win via (T)KO, Wiman shocks Sass, Hardy and Hathaway earn decisions

Stefan Struve (Hector Castro/ photo)

The hometown fighters had better performances on the main card of “UFC on Fuel TV 5,” but it was the “Skyscraper” that stole the show in Nottingham.

Stefan Struve annihilated Stipe Miocic in the night’s main event.

Miocic got the better of Struve in the opening round, but the second round is where the story of this fight took place.

Struve and Miocic took turns tagging and hurting one another in Round 2.  Each combatant was wobbly at one point or another of the round.  Struve began to take advantage of his reach and land shots from the outside, which repeatedly stung Miocic.

Once Miocic was visibly in trouble, Struve poured on the punches until referee Herb Dean stepped to stop the bout as the Croatian was out on his feet.

Dan Hardy bested Amir Sadollah in their 15 minute bout.

As expected, Hardy received the loudest welcome of the night, although, it did not seem to faze Sadollah.  Sadollah wasted no time in engaging in battle with Hardy, and the Brit happily obliged.  The two UFC welterweights traded punches and kicks, but Hardy was getting the upper hand by landing multiple left hooks.

Midway through the match Hardy turned up the pace and took Sadollah to the mat, which is something seldom seen from the “Outlaw.”  Hardy bloodied Sadollah’s face in the third round and continued to dominate the match.

Hardy earn a decisive unanimous decision and put on a great show for the hometown crowd.

Brad “One Punch” Pickett lived up to his nickname against Yves Jabouin.

Jabouin was successful with his typical spin-kicks and lightning fast combinations, but Pickett did not back down.  Pickett stalked Jabouin and controlled the center of the Octagon, attacking again and again.  “One Punch” got inside Jabouin’s reach and labeled him with an uppercut that sent the Canadian into another realm.

Pickett said following the highlight reel knockout that he doesn’t want anyone in particular for his next opponent, that’s the UFC’s job.

In a shocking turn of events, Matt Wiman submitted the submission specialist Paul Sass.

Wiman, who returned from a one year hiatus, spent a good portion of the bout defending Sass’ heal-hooks.  However, Wiman caught Sass in an armbar eventually and had the Brit pinned in an awkward position against the fence so he could not escape.  Sass was forced to tapout in the first round and Wiman stunned the Nottingham crowd.

John Hathaway was on another level in his bout against John Maguire.

Hathaway avoided the dangerous submission game of Maguire in the first round, but did not hesitate to play on the ground in the second frame.  Hathaway was never in harm’s way, as he worked his ground and pound for the majority of the second round and wore down Maguire.

Once again, the final round belonged to Hathaway.  He executed a flawless performance en route to picking up a decision victory over Maguire.

Two knockout artists kicked off the main card, yet oddly enough they immediately took the fight to the canvas.

Che Mills initiated the takedown and worked his offense from side-control.  Duane Ludwig managed to get Mills in guard and attempted to get back to his feet, but collapsed to the mat and pointed to his left knee.  Referee Herb Dean stopped the bout at that moment and Mills was deemed the victor.

‘UFC on FUEL TV 5′ results

MMA DieHards Counterpunch: ‘UFC on FUEL TV 5′

Stefan Struve (Maggie Krol/ photo)

MMA DieHards focuses on ‘UFC on FUEL TV 5′ in this week’s session of Counterpunch, which takes place Saturday at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham,

‘UFC on FUEL TV 5″ headlines with a heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic.  Britain’s Dan Hardy meets Amir Sadollah, Brad Pickett faces Yves Jabouin, and Paul Sass battles Matt Wiman. put together a team of our finest writers to bring you Counterpunch for the event.  The group independently makes its selections for each fight. Minority picks will be defended by one of the panelists making that selection.

Joining us this week will be Bob Badders, Mark Hensch and myself, Jason Kelly.

Below we list the match, the fighter being defended and the author of the defence.

Jason Young vs. Robbie Peralta
Defending Young: Jason Kelly

Though, Young had an unsuccessful introduction to the Octagon, he got his first UFC victory in his most recent bout and I predict “Shotgun” to keep the momentum rolling.

Young lost to Dustin Poirier and Michihiro Omigawa in his first two UFC matches – a couple of upper echelon UFC featherweights.  He rebounded against Eric Wisely at “UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva,” and proved he could perform on the grandest stage in MMA.  It is my belief that Young, based on watching him compete prior to the UFC, has the tools to be successful in the Octagon, but facing two top ringers early in his UFC career didn’t allow him to  showcase his skills.

Young has faced stiffer competition than Peralta throughout his career, especially as of late, and by now any UFC jitters should be in the past.  “Shotgun” appears to be a more well-rounded fighter and when he pulls the trigger he’s nearly impossible to defeat.  He is no stranger to grinding out a hard-fought decision victory, yet he’s shown he is dangerous and can finish his opponent late in a match.  Home field advantage is another factor on Young’s side, as the England native battles Peralta in Nottingham.

All signs point to Young winning this bout via unanimous decision.  Yeah, I said it.

Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah
Defending Hardy: Mark Hensch

There’s a reason Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy blitzed his way to a UFC welterweight shot immediately after entering the UFC. At day’s end, he’s a true warrior with killer instinct and a never-say-die attitude.

Hardy may have had a rocky road since, but that’ll be in his rearview mirror against Sadollah. Riding high off his last win, he’s also got a new training camp and hometown support for inspiration during his next fight. That’s a potent mix, and one that will help Hardy slay Sadollah Saturday night.

John Hathaway vs. John Maguire
Defending Maguire: Mark Hensch

This one’s a toss-up as a John wins either way. All the same, this is Maguire’s fight to lose.

Hathaway has more UFC experience, but Maguire has fought more overall. As far as the Octagon’s concerned, Maguire’s the more dangerous fighter too. Between both men, Maguire has shown an ability to finish that Hathaway hasn’t. He’s a well-rounded fighter that has tapped out, knocked out and grinded out victories all over the world. That’s not to say Hathaway hasn’t, but when both men have the home field advantage, the guy who ends more competition gets the nod.


Akira Corassani vs. Andy Ogle
Defending Corassani: Mark Hensch

All one needs to know about Akira Corassani is available on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.” During Corassani’s stint on the show, he stubbornly lasted through a deep heel hook in one fight and passed out from a guillotine choke in another.

Fighters can’t learn that kind of heart. With both men making their UFC debuts here, that stubbornness will help Corassani squash the Octagon jitters Saturday night faster than Ogle. The fact he’s faced more talented opposition more frequently than his opponent helps too.

Stipe Miocic vs. Stefan Struve
Defending Miocic: Bob Badders

I think this is a good matchup for Miocic because of his combination of striking power and wrestling ability. Struve is solid on his feet and has a handful of knockouts to his credit, but he has had trouble against guys with big power. Miocic is that type of fighter. Struve will have the reach advantage but it’s been proven you can get inside it. His ground game is also top notch, but that’s where I think Miocic’s wrestling ability helps him. If he can control the transition game and keep Struve standing I think he has a solid advantage. I see Miocic getting the win via second round TKO to remain undefeated.

UFC on FUEL TV 5 Fresh Faces: Jimi Manuwa, Andy Ogle, Akira Corassani, Tom Watson and Gunnar Nelson

Andy Ogle preparing to fight on The Ultimate Fighter: Live (Photo Courtesy of

The UFC takes another trip across the pond on Sept. 29 as UFC on FUEL TV takes place at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.  Headlining the event will be a heavyweight bout between Stefan ‘Skyscraper’ Struve and Stipe Miocic.

A handful of competitors have become ready to make their debuts in Nottingham, and will support the weight of the main card as they fill the preliminaries.  Performing in front of a hometown crowd will be, Jimi Manuwa, Andy Ogle and Tom Watson of England; while Akira Corassani makes the trip from Sweden and Gunnar Nelson crosses the North Atlantic to join them.  Learn more about the UFC’s newest fighters in this edition of Fresh Faces.


Name: Jimi Manuwa

Weight class: Light Heavyweight

Record: 11-0

Recent body of work: Defeated Antony Rea via TKO at BAMMA 8 in Dec. 2011.

Who he is: Undefeated through his first eleven bouts, Manuwa TKO’d his first opponent in 2008 and has collected ten such victories over the course of three years.  Putting his troubled past behind him, Manuwa has opened his own gym, Lions Pride MMA in Croydon, London.  Looking to extend his record to 12-straight wins, Manuwa will face Kyle Kingsbury, who is currently on a two fight losing streak, for his debut performance with the UFC.


Name: Andy Ogle

Weight class: Featherweight

Record: 8-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Shay Walsh via unanimous decision at Olympian MMA 12 in Nov. 2011.  Most recently was a contestant on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Live.’

Who he is: Only turning pro in 2009, Ogle jumped on the North American fight scene when he was a member of the fifteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.  Before joining the show, the Brit was on a seven fight win streak, finishing all but one of those bouts.  Ogle was originally to make his debut appearance at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale in June; however, due to being medically suspended after his KO loss to Al Iaquinta in quarter-finals of the show, Ogle was not able to compete on the card.  Ogle now makes his inaugural appearance, on home turf against fellow newcomer, Akira Corassani at UFC on FUEL TV 5.


Name: Akira Corassani

Weight class: Featherweight

Record: 9-3 (1 NC)

Recent body of work: Lost to Paul Reed via TKO at The Zone FC 8 in Feb. 2011.

Who he is: Swedish fighter, Corassani, will have the rare opportunity of join the UFC coming off of a loss, but that was over a year ago.  Previous to the scorecard blemish, Corassani was on a six fight win streak which included a controversial decision overturn which ended up in as a no contest.  Corasanni was also a member of The Ultimate Fighter 14 as a member of Team Bisping, but was unable to fight Steven Siler in the finale, but had to pull from the bout due to an injury suffered in training camp.  Corassani is now set to face fellow TUF competitor, British fighter, Andy Ogle at UFC on FUEL TV 5.


Name: Tom Watson

Weight class: Middleweight

Record: 15-4

Recent body of work: Defeated Jack Marshman via TKO at BAMMA 9 in March 2012.

Who he is: Currently on a four fight win streak, Watson has successfully defended the BAMMA middleweight title three times before he put pen-to-paper with the UFC.  A notable victory came over Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua in 2011 when BAMMA brought the Brazilian fighter in for one fight, unsuccessfully challenging Watson for the title.  For his inaugural bout with the UFC, the Brit will have the opportunity to fight TUF Alumni, Brad Tavares, in his own backyard at UFC on FUEL TV 5.


Name: Gunnar Nelson

Weight class: Welterweight

Record: 9-0-1

Recent body of work: Defeated Alexander Butenko via armbar submission at Cage Contender XII in Feb. 2012.

Who he is: Starting his career in 2007, Nelsons’ debut fight resulted in a draw and he has yet to lose a fight since.  Eight of the Icelanders’ nine victories have ended within in the first round and since receiving his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Renzo Gracie in 2009, Nelson has submitted four straight adversaries.  Nelson was expected to make his promotional debut against Pascal Krauss on at UFC on Fuel TV 5; however, Krauss was forced out of the bout with an injury and Nelson will face DaMarques Johnson in a catchweight bout, contested at 175 lb.

Hammerfisting MMA Podcast: Episode 125 – Sheriff of Funny Town


Episode 125  -  Sheriff of Funny Town 

Stand up comedians Luis J. Gomez, Kris Tinkle, and Julian Vance talk MMA news and rumors!  On this brand-spankin’ new episode, they discuss UFC 152 in great detail, Strikeforce’s cancellation of this weekends Melendez vs. Healy card, Frank Mir’s injury, Dana White vs. Bjorn Rebney, Anthony Johnson’s current winning streak, UFC on FUEL TV 5 picks, and more!  Most importantly, Kris declares himself “Sheriff of Funny Town”.  Not news:  Luis is angry, as usual. 


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UFC on FUEL TV 5: Dan Hardy talks UK MMA

Dan Hardy victorious over Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 (Photo courtesy of

UFC welterweight Dan Hardy talks about the MMA scene in the UK.

UFC on Fuel TV 5: Tom ‘Kong’ Watson wants to be king

UFC newcomer and middleweight fighter Tom "Kong" Watson (Photo courtesy of

UFC newcomer Tom “Kong” Watson doesn’t monkey around once the cage door closes.

The 15-4 British middleweight began terrorizing England’s various fighting leagues in 2006. “Kong” has since proven himself as a MMA monster, dominating the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) with three middleweight title defenses. Though undefeated as BAMMA’s middleweight champ, Watson (Twitter: @TomKongWatson) has set his sights on bigger conquests. The Brit hopes to begin ruling UFC middleweights Saturday night when he debuts at UFC on Fuel TV 5 in Nottingham, England.

“I need to go out there and make a statement,” Watson told MMADiehards’ Punch Drunk Radio on Tuesday, Sept. 18. “My skill set is improving all the time. Conditioning-wise, I don’t think anyone in the whole division can go with me. I’m ready to show the UFC and fans what I can do.”

Watson will war with 8-1 Brad Tavares during his Octagon debut. Well-rounded and tough-as nails, he’s a challenge “Kong” isn’t taking lightly. He thus plans on attacking his American counterpart with everything he’s got.

“I think Tavares is a pretty powerful guy,” Watson admitted. “It’s going to be a high-paced fight. I’m going to put a beating on him from the first bell. I’ve been fighting a long time now and I’m ready to get in there and do whatever he wants to do.”

Tavares is a tough task, “Kong” said, given he has extensive UFC experience with four past fights there. Despite this, Watson isn’t worried about his own Octagon appearances or lack thereof. At day’s end, he’s too convinced of his own abilities to cower in the big leagues.

“It’s pretty simple to me,” Watson said. “This is the business I’m in. You can fight or you can’t fight. If fighters freeze up in the lights of the UFC, I think that’s more to do with the fact that maybe their level isn’t quite there yet.”

“Kong” said he keeps calm through a secret weapon inspired by his namesake. The British brawler is famous for entering the ring wearing a gorilla mask. Part psychological warfare, part humorous prank, it’s a ritual the UFC is allowing come Saturday night.

“Some people like it and some people don’t,” Watson said of his memorable walkout ceremony. “To me, it’s about doing it for a laugh. I think it’s about entertainment. I’m going to go out there, fight and throw down so I might as well enjoy the way out there as well.”

Costumed or not, Watson said he takes his MMA career seriously. The middleweight said he intends on making the most out of his UFC tenure. When all is said and done, Watson wouldn’t mind claiming its middleweight crown and putting a “King” in front of his “Kong” moniker.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to fight for the UFC and put on a good show in the U.K.,” Watson said. “I hope to get the chance to fight for the UFC around the whole world. I’d love to at least fight in Las Vegas. It’s a fighter’s dream to have their name in lights up above the Strip.”

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ in Washington D.C.

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