Stefan Struve Scouting Report

Stefan Struve Scouting Report

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Stefan Struve Scouting Report


ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Stefan Struve of the Netherlands celebrates victory over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva of Brazil after they compete in their Heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night 87 at Ahoy on May 8, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Stefan Struve Scouting Report


6’11.5″ 263 lbs (Heavyweight)
84.5″ reach, Orthodox
February 18, 1988


29-13 (UFC: 13-11)

Current Streak

2 straight losses


Black belt in Kickboxing
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Championships Held

Cage Gladiators World Heavyweight Champion: 2007-2008



– the tallest fighter in UFC history
– 7-foot plus wingspan
– very experienced – been in the UFC since 2009
– still young – in his prime years now
– great kickboxer – formerly fought professionally
– fairly accurate with his strikes
– submission wizard – 17 of his wins are via tapout
– long limbs give him distinct advantage in striking and submissions
– decent cardio
– very good at passing guard & sweeping opponents on the ground
– very active on the ground looking for submissions
– finishes fights
– great at utilizing leg kicks
– uses his jab to keep opponents at bay



– has a serious heart ailment
– has never beaten a top-flight heavyweight (only beats mid-card talent)
– despite being a kickboxer, he doesn’t possess much knockout power
– questionable chin
– clinch and ground striking pretty much non-existent
– horrible strike defense (only successfully defends half of his opponent’s strikes)
– absorbs more strikes than he dishes out
– abysmal takedown defense
– allows opponents to get inside on him, negating his reach advantage
– doesn’t properly utilize his immense reach advantage
– only one win in his last six fights
– recently retired then came back – head & heart might not be in the sport
– has not looked good since his return – knocked out in last two fights



It seems like he has been around forever, but Skyscraper is still only 32 years old.  While he has never been more than an average fighter in the UFC, he still has time to change that.



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