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Two large and in charge heavyweights hooked up for a tussle in the co-main event of UFC on Fuel TV 1 tonight (Wed., Feb. 15, 2012) in Omaha, Nebraska, as the lanky Stefan Struve took on the man who doesn't believe in jiu-jitsu, Dave Herman.
That could be why he got pounded out from mount after getting dropped with an uppercut in the second round.
It was a slow, mostly plodding affair between two of the more able big men in the sport, a disappointment to say the least. But it was good to see Struve start slow, get a stern talking to from his corner and come back with an aggressiveness that ultimately earned him the technical knockout victory.
Moving on up.
The early game plan for Herman was clear. Low kicks to take the big man's legs out from underneath him. Indeed, just two minutes into the fight, "Pee Wee" had thrown eight kicks.
Struve? Just two.
It was seriously slow rolling between the two heavyweights, though Herman was landing with a few shots and didn't mind throwing unorthodox strikes.
Still, the opening five minutes were mostly painful to watch.
The second frame started far more promising. Struve got aggressive, pushing forward and even earning a takedown, going straight to mount and taking Herman's back. Old Dave managed to slip out, but it was impressive nonetheless to see Struve actually bother to get himself into the fight after a lackadaisical first round.
"The Skyscraper" kept the pressure on and lo and behold, his cornermen were right. Once he got in Herman's face and made him fight on his terms, he ended it with a sweet uppercut into bruising ground-n-pound from mount that Herman could do nothing about.
Impressive? Not really. A victory? You bet.
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