Stefan Struve went out and handed Stipe Miocic his first career loss Saturday at UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic. "Skyscraper" did so with a family member on his mind.
"Yeah, my dad has been dying of cancer for about two months so this was for him," said Struve, during the post-fight show on Fuel TV. "He is in his therapy for four weeks now and I heard he is doing well, but still. It was really tough (dealing with the emotions)."
Struve pushed his record to 25-5 overall, including 14-3 in his last 17 fights. The seven-feet-tall Dutch fighter caught Miocic in the second and didn't let up, dropping him to the canvas with a series of uppercuts.
"I think I showed that I am still getting better, stronger in every fight," Struve said. "I am getting more powerful in every shot. I felt really well. I just need to use my reach more and more, and I'm working hard on that."
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As for his next opponent, Struve pegged Fabricio Werdum, saying, "I think it would be an awesome fight and he is one of the best fighters in the world. I think I can rock him on the ground and I can beat him."
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