NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012: Action from in and around the octagon during "UFC on Fuel TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic" inside Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, United Kingdom on Saturday, September 29, 2012 © Martin McNeil - COPYRIGHT: Martin McNeil
What's that coming over the hill, is it a monster? Is it a monster?
"I know what Mark Hunt is going to do. He's not going to bring me down; he's going to come in, close the distance, and make it a brawl; try to land bombs. But when I keep my distance, I'm fine, and when he tries to close the distance, it's going to be easier for me to take him down, because he needs to come in to hit me. I don't need to chase him; I can already hit him from a mile away. He's probably one of the hardest punchers in the UFC, but if you look at me, if I fight my fight the way I should, use the game plan we've laid out - use my reach, keep my distance - then those punches are no problem because he's not touching me. If you look at our records, you don't expect a decision. I don't expect a decision. I trained really hard for this fight; I worked on a bunch of new stuff, and I can't wait to show it. I can't wait to show the crowd in Japan and the entire MMA world that I truly am one of the best heavyweights in the world. If I hit someone with my jab right now, they're really going to feel it. If you compare that to when I entered the UFC when I was 21 years old, there wasn't nearly as much power in my shots as there is now. I'm not a boy among men anymore, you know? Now I'm a 265-pound, seven-foot monster."
If you think this one's a wrap because Mark Hunt hits hard, think again. Strikeforce import Lavar Johnson tried to let his fists do the talking at UFC 146; however, Stefan Struve (25-5) disposed of him with relative ease, avoiding the brawler's five-knuckle shuffle while securing a first-round armbar. The lanky Dutchman followed up that win with another "Big" victory over Stipe Miocic a few months later in Nottingham, his fourth in a row. And that was before he packed on 15 pounds of muscle, according to his conversation with UFC.com. I guess that happens when you eat seven meals a day along with two protein shakes daily. Has he finally exorcised the demons of his previous losses and positioned himself for a run at the title? Or will the "Super Samoan" do the "Monster" mash when they hook 'em up at UFC on FUEL TV 8 this Saturday night in Japan?