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Obvious Statement of the Day: Stefan Struve is “A 265-Pound, Seven-Foot Monster”

(Demetrious Johnson had never seen a giraffe in person before this photo was taken. He still hasn’t, but don’t tell him that.) 

Despite being a relatively humble guy by fighter’s standards, Stefan Struve isn’t afraid to make a bold statement every now and again. Or in today’s case, a couple obvious ones. First, Struve spoke to about his upcoming UFC on FUEL 8 tilt with PRIDE legend Mark Hunt (check out an awesome promo for the event here). After making such straightforward statements as “[Hunt] will not try and take me down” and “I’m fine when I keep my distance,” Struve ended the interview by declaring that “I’m not a boy among men anymore, you know? Now I’m a 265-pound, seven-foot monster.” Which is fine, until you see how he made that statement.

One thing’s for sure, it will be interesting to see how Struve is accepted by the people of Japan, who have a somewhat rocky history with creatures his size.

After the jump: Struve makes some more obvious statements about the implications of a win on Saturday. What do you mean it’s a slow news day?

Speaking of obvious revelations, Struve recently spoke to MMAFighting about where he believed a win this weekend would place him on the list of contenders in the heavyweight division. The Dutchman was both confident and competent in his analysis of his situation:

When I win this fight, and I finish this fight yet again, then I’m on a five-fight win streak with five finishes in the heavyweight division. Nobody else in the heavyweight division is on a five-fight win streak. I think I have a pretty strong bid to call myself No. 1 contender. 

While Struve has’t exactly been knocking off world-beaters in his current four fight win streak, his TKO victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC on FUEL 5 showcased a smarter, more disciplined version of Stefan Struve. Or at least one that wouldn’t leap face first into the fists of his opponents. And like Struve said, he’s riding a win streak that no other heavyweight in the division can claim at the moment.

In either case, when you combine Struve’s ever-improving striking with his already stellar ground game, it’s hard to deny that he could pose a legitimate threat to whomever emerges victorious from the Cain Velasquez/Bigfoot Silva rematch at UFC 160. We’re just kidding, Velasquez is going to treat Silva like a turtle in Cannibal Holocaust come May 25th. Again. Would anyone like to see Struve get a crack at him next?

-J. Jones 

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macreadysshack- March 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm
I guess you can add Hunt to my list of guys that will expose Struve's striking game.
macreadysshack- March 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm
I guess it's the minority opinion but I don't think Struve makes it out of the first round against Overeem, Bigfoot, Cain or JDS. Maybe there's something I'm missing with him but he seems imminently KO-able by any striker with the acumen and athleticism to get inside. Stuve needs to play a fully outside game and I just haven't seen the footwork from him that would convince me that he'll be able to play it against any heavyweight with real striking chops. We'll see, I guess.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Struve should fight with Mighty Mouse riding on his shoulders whispering commands into his ear.
cman- March 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm
I would love Strueve against Cain if he ever showed even the slightest athletic ability. Its like watching a fight at 60% speed. Im amazed his punches ever land.
crappiefloper- March 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Well thanks for ruining the scene for me 12 oz,
Fucking Cpt Dickswing posting sumbitch!
The12ozCurls- March 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

BTW - DON'T EVER watch Cannibal Holocaust. It is really fucked up. The giant sea turtle that got Ginsued and a lot of other animals are REALLY tortured and killed. You can not unsee that shit.
painvelasquez- March 1, 2013 at 10:26 am
Of course Cain is gonna murder big foot, truthfully i dont even know why big foot got a rematch. Ive been on struve's nuts for so long now he deserves a title shot. CAIN V STRUVE its gonna happen mark my words!! Any other heavyweight is yet to impress me enought to warrant a title shot.
amsterdamheavy- March 1, 2013 at 10:23 am
I like Struve, but he has this habit of getting KTFO and Mark Hunt hits harder than anyone else who's knocked him out. Unless Stefan is very smart, I think hes going night night. If he does finish Hunt, then ya he stated his case very well. He certainly deserves a shot more than Bigfoot.
The12ozCurls- March 1, 2013 at 9:45 am
That poor turtle in Cannibal Holocaust. He got his flippers macheted off. It was sad. Really sad. Why am I admitting to seeing Cannibal Holocaust?
Mr_Misanthropy- March 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm
I used to own it on DVD...
The12ozCurls- March 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm
I don't doubt that for one second you weirdo :)
Fried Taco- March 1, 2013 at 9:25 am
Nice to see Paulo Coelho sponsoring MMA fighters!