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UFC on Fuel TV 5 fight card previews, predictions, breakdowns and odds

MMAmania has taken a good, hard look at the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic" event, which is scheduled to take place at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, on Sept. 29, 2012. We tackled the six main card bouts on FUEL TV, dissected the "Prelims" under card that will stream live in Facebook, as well as provided predictions along the way. In addition, we also provided head-to-toe fighter breakdowns of the two heavyweight headliners, Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic, and, of course, provided betting odds and advice just for those who want to make the fights this afternoon a little more interesting. The first fight is scheduled for around 1:30 p.m. ET, giving you more than enough time to sift through all the primary UFC on FUEL 5 coverage you can shake a stick at. Enjoy.

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Complete Guide to UFC on FUEL TV 5

Get a complete guide to the UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic" event with links to all the major storylines headed into the big show in Nottingham, England.


Stefan Struve vs Stipe Miocic Video Preview

Check out a full fight video preview for the UFC on FUEL TV 5 main event on Sept. 29, 2012, in Nottingham, England, pitting heavyweights Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic.


UFC Fuel 5: Stefan Struve vs Stipe Miocic preview

Two of the UFC's brightest heavyweight prospects will throw down tomorrow afternoon (Sept. 29, 2012) as Stefan Struve takes on undefeated Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham, England.

Struve has had several brief moments of success in his UFC career, but he's never thrown enough wins together to get in contention. He's currently riding his second three-fight winning streak in the UFC and after co-headlining a pair of shows, he's finally got the main event all to himself. "The Skyscraper" is looking to capitalize on his featured status with a big performance.

Miocic has exploded onto the scene in the last year. After a tough decision victory in his UFC debut, he's grown more comfortable in the cage, defeating consecutive opponents via vicious knockout. After progressing his way up the card, Miocic is already headlining the main event of his first show and he'll be looking to reward the UFC brass for having faith in him.

Will Struve finally put it together and win four straight in the UFC? Can Miocic remain undefeated by toppling "The Skyscraper? What's the key to victory for both men?

Let's find out:

Stefan Struve

Record: 24-5 overall, 8-3 in the UFC

Key Wins: Dave Herman (UFC on Fuel TV), Pat Barry (UFC on Versus 6), Sean McCorkle (UFC 124)

Key Losses: Junior dos Santos (UFC 95), Travis Browne (UFC 130), Roy Nelson (UFC Fight Night 21)

How he got here: Stefan Struve cut his teeth on the local European circuit, testing himself against many of the toughest guys in circulation at the time. Due to his ridiculous height, he had to develop a strong ground game as his opponents were rather easily able to put him on his back.

He made his UFC debut in early 2009, but was completely unprepared for the wrecking machine that was Junior dos Santos, losing via first round technical knockout.

Since the loss in his promotional debut, Struve has gone 6-2 in the promotion. The young Dutchman has steadily progressed and added some bulk to his frame. He's still still relatively wet behind the ears, but has tons of time to develop his craft as long as he can protect his chin.

Of Struve's 21 career victories, only one has been a decision. His two fights against Christian Morecraft and Sean McCorkle both underscored what he's all about as a mixed martial artist: Absorbing punishment or being in bad positions and then roaring back in crowd-pleasing fashion. Of course this backfired against Travis Browne at UFC 130 when "The Skyscraper" got toppled after an ill-advised flying knee attempt directly into the big right hand of his opponent.

He bounced back in his last fight against Pat Barry, locking in a triangle choke and surviving a huge powerbomb attempt before forcing the tap and winning "Submission of the Night" honors. He followed up that performance by flustering Dave Herman with his range and then finishing him via ground and pound on the canvas.

At UFC 146, he fought very smartly, pulling guard and tapping "Big" Lavar Johnson with a first round armbar quickly while avoiding the stand-up exchanges. His impressive showing earned him a n

How he gets it done: Struve has slowly showcased an improved use of his lengthy 84 inch reach (the second longest in the UFC) throughout his MMA career. While he's improved his tendencies to allow brawlers to get inside and crack him on the jaw, he needs to avoid standing and trading in the pocket with Stipe Miocic at all costs.

Miocic has some scary power on the inside and it's simply not worth it to exchange blows.

Struve doesn't have the build to shoot for the traditional takedowns, but he capable of scoring trip takedowns if he can close the distance and enter the clinch or he can pull guard like he did in his last fight. His best chance to win this fight is to utilize his gangly frame on the canvas.

If "The Skyscraper" can drag Miocic to the canvas, he's going to have to try to stay on top as Miocic has some powerful ground and pound and Struve can't afford to stay on bottom and eat big shots. It'll all be about catching him with a submission and then torquing on it until Miocic taps or snaps.

Stipe Miocic

Record: 9-0 overall, 3-0 in the UFC

Key Wins: Shane del Rosario (UFC 146), Philip De Fries (UFC on Fuel TV), Joey Beltran (UFC 136)

Key Losses: none

How he got here: Stipe Miocic is an athlete, plain and simple. He was a successful collegiate wrestler and baseball player while attending Cleveland State University. After becoming a fireman/paramedic, he was requested to help train with Dan Bobish to prepare the MMA pioneer for an upcoming fight and he never looked back once he'd gotten a taste of MMA.

The former Golden Gloves boxer started his professional career in 2010, winning by knockout in all four of his fights while competing primarily for NAAFS in Ohio. His 2011 got off to an equally impressive start, winning two more fights via strikes before getting the call to the UFC.

The Croation-American made his promotional debut at UFC 136 on the preliminary card against brawler Joey Beltran. Miocic utilized strong kicks while mixing in takedowns to earn a unanimous decision against "The Mexicutioner."

He was pitted against Philip De Fries earlier this year and after eating a few punches in the opening seconds, he knocked the English submission wiz senseless inside the first minute of the first round. He followed that up by handing former kickboxing champion Shane Del Rosario his first career defeat, smashing the Team Oyama fighter via brutal second round ground and pound.

With his impressive start, Miocic will now be headlining his first career show.

How he gets it done: If Miocic is going to win this fight, he needs to get inside. Footwork and explosiveness is going to be incredibly important because if Struve has his way, he could just stand on the outside and patter away with jabs and kicks.

Closing the distance is incredibly important. Struve has been knocked senseless by the three heavy-handed heavyweights who have gotten inside on him and that's exactly what Miocic needs to do if he wants to win.

The other key for Miocic is whether or not he can take the fight to the ground without getting submitted or swept. Struve is extremely awkward to deal with on the canvas and his submission skills are top-notch, but Shane Del Rosario was talented on the ground as well and Miocic pounded the hell out of him. Struve has taken big shots on the ground from the likes of Christian Morecraft so it's not out of the realm of possibility that Miocic can hurt him if not finish him there as well.

Fight X-Factor: The biggest factor for this fight has to be whether Stefan Struve has finally learned to utilize his reach advantage properly. He's getting better as evidenced by his bout against Pat Barry, but he's not to the point where he can frustrate opponents and hurt them from a distance yet. Also, he still tends to get in trouble if his opponents get inside on him and land a big right hand. If he can't keep Miocic at the end of his punches, he's going to find himself in trouble.

Bottom Line: This is going to be a fantastic heavyweight main event as every Stefan Struve fight is entertaining. "The Skyscraper" brings the excitement and has been given co-main event status on multiple occasions throughout his career. Miocic has looked terrific in his brief UFC career thus far and it'll be interesting to see how he performs. Expectations are high for both men.

Who will come out on top at UFC on Fuel TV 5? Tell us your predictions in the comments below!


Nostradumbass predicts UFC on FUEL TV 5

UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic" is set to go down tomorrow afternoon in Nottingham. Here's a sneak peek at who's fighting -- and more importantly -- who's winning.


UFC on FUEL TV 5 'Prelims' Preview (Pt. 2)

More UFC fights are coming to Facebook this weekend (and early, too) when the UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Miocic vs. Struve" event kicks off from the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, on Sept. 29, 2012.'s Patrick Stumberg continues the "Prelims" party with part two of a two-part under card preview series.


UFC on FUEL TV 5 'Prelims' Preview (Pt. 1)

More UFC fights are coming to Facebook this weekend (and early, too) when the UFC on FUEL TV 5: "Miocic vs. Struve" event kicks off from the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, on Sept. 29, 2012.'s Patrick Stumberg gets the "Prelims" party started with part one of a two-part under card preview series.

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