Pictured: Stefan Struve.
"I'm really confident in my stand-up right now. I think I've got a lot better in the last year and, with my height and reach, feel as though I can live with most of the top strikers in MMA. I really want to show that as well. However, it doesn't take a genius to work out what I plan to do to Lavar on Saturday night. If you look at our strengths, I have far more upside to my game if I take him to the ground and exploit his major weakness. If I take him down in this fight, the fight is done, and he knows that. There's nothing he can do to argue or stop it. Lavar isn't stupid - he knows he doesn't stand a chance against me on the ground. Ultimately, you've got to fight smart in this sport. I've very confident that this fight will end via submission or knockout. And I can do either."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight contender Stefan Struve blogs for MMAFighting.com and states the obvious in regards to his upcoming showdown against Lavar Johnson at UFC 146 tomorrow night (Sat., May 26, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Skyscraper" knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that if he gets Johnson to the floor at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he'll end the fight there. But from the sounds of it, the Dutchman seems to think he can also stand and bang with "Big" Lavar and he wants to show that off inside the Octagon this weekend. Famous last words? Or will he take one shot, abandon that silly notion and drag this fight to the mat where he can finish it quickest?