A heavyweight matchup of division veteran, Stefan ‘The Skyscraper’ Struve, and punishing striker, Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa is slated to feature at UFC 254 on October 24th. from ‘Fight Island’ on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Dutch submission threat, Struve looks to rebound from a unanimous decision defeat to ‘Big’ Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night D.C. in December last, suffering multiple groin strikes in the process. The loss marked a snapping of a potential rise for Struve, who had submitted Marcos Rogério de Lima in February of last year.
Attempting to prevent a worrying fourth consecutive loss, shoey enthusiast, Tuivasa dropped his most recent Octagon walk to rising threat, Sergey Spivak at UFC 243 in October of last year – via a second-round arm-triangle.
32-year-old Beverwijk native, Struve will make his twenty-fifth walk under the UFC banner, following his promotional bow opposite former heavyweight best, Junior dos Santos back at UFC 95 in early 2009. With eigtheen submission successes professionally, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt has laid waste to the likes of Paul Buentello, Pat Barry, ‘Minotauro’ Nogeuira, ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, and most notably, current division champion, Stipe Miocic.
Sydney born striker, Tuivasa made some waves in the promotion’s heavyweight ranks upon his UFC debut back in November of 2017. The 27-year-old knockout artist ammased an eye-catching three-fight win streak, over Rashad Coulter, Cyril Asker, and former champion, Andrei Arlovski – which catapulted him to a main event clash with common foe, dos Santos.
Dropping a knockout loss to the Brazilian icon, Tuivasa failed to bounce back in outings opposite former WSOF best, Blagoy Ivanov, and the above mentioned, Spivak since.