Stefan Struve Cashes In
Stefan Struve put the first blemish on Stipe Miocic’s 9-1 record on Saturday with a smashing 2nd round TKO over the previously unbeaten heavyweight. After getting out landed and losing the first round of the match, Struve was able to rally back in the second by elevating his output and aggression from outside the pocket.
Eventually, Miocic began to fade and slowly crumbled under the pressure of Struve walking him down with clean, hard shots. Stipe’s inability to maintain both his early offense and defensive awareness from the first round was ultimately his undoing on Saturday against Struve. Judging from his energy level heading into the second round of his last fight against Shane Del Rasarrio , it looked as if Miocic appeared to have rectified some of his initial fatigue issues. However, fighting through Struve’s 84’ reach proved a much tougher feat than we expected when we initially decided to back Miocic at -200.
The late steam on Struve, which closed the line around +140 on the Dutchman, was ultimately validated as Stefan became the first fighter to snap Miocic’s 9 fight unbeaten streak. From here, Struve will look towards a possible rematch with the last person to officially knock him out- Travis Browne.
Our undercard plays proved profitable yet again as we were able to finish a solid 3-1 with our UFC Predictions. Brad Taveras cashed out largest play of the night with a convincing 29-28 decision over UFC newcomer Tom Watson. Throughout the match, Brad was able to control the center of the octagon with his sharper counters and heavier power shots. And finally, we finished 2-0 with our remaining main card picks on Dan Hardy and Che Mills.
From the opening bell, Hardy was able to showcase a tighter defense and a more aggressive counter game in the middle of the octagon. Thanks in large part to his improved takedown ability, he was able to secure a dominant decision over a game but clearly outmatched Amir Sadollah.
Unfortunately for Che Mills, victory came as the result of an early injury to Duane Ludwig’s right leg. At the end of the day though, we beat the closing line by over 25 cents and cashed on Mills at -200 on the night.