Stefan Struve locked down his sixth career UFC submission win earlier today (Sat., Feb. 23, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 3 live on ESPN+ from inside O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, when he choked out Brazilian knockout artist Marcos Rogerio de Lima via second-round arm-triangle choke.
Struve ate a huge right hand in the first round and spent most of the frame on his back, but ultimately came back strong in the second round with a big takedown. From there, “Skyscraper” sliced through the guard of de Lima and eventually locked up the tight submission attempt.
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With this performance, Struve gets back into the heavyweight win column after dropping his last three Octagon appearances, including a Fight of the Night outing opposite Alexander Volkov. During his post-fight speech (shown below), Struve announced that this could be the last time fight fans see him step foot inside of the Octagon.
If this is the last time, it's been a pleasure watching you in the Octagon, @StefanStruve! #UFCPrague pic.twitter.com/sGHn0XhpKQ— UFC (@ufc) February 23, 2019
If this in fact Struve’s swan song, he leaves behind a 29-11 (13-9 UFC) professional MMA record with 18 of those wins coming by way of submission. The towering Dutch fighter remains one of the most physically imposing heavyweights to ever step foot inside of the Octagon, and even though Struve never got over the hump to challenge for a title his 10-year UFC tenure was extremely successful. It should be noted that Struve made his UFC debut at the young age of 21.
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