Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight veterans Stefan Struve and Daniel Omelianczuk scrapped last night (Oct. 8, 2016) at UFC 204 inside Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
In the four fights since his brief retirement, Struve never really impressed. More than anything, Struve needed to prove that he could perform consistently opposite an opponent who has been nothing if not regular. Omielanczuk has never done anything spectacular inside the Octagon, but he won a trio of bouts heading into this match up. With a chance to score the biggest win of his career on a high-profile event, the pressure was on “The Polish Bear” to exceed expectations.
Both men entered the first round with smart game plans. Omielanczuk looked to land counter low kicks and burst in with looping punches, whereas Struve was intent to maintain his distance and smash his opponent with long range kicks.
With both men landing some nasty shots, Omielanczuk looked for a takedown against the fence. However, it was Struve who landed the counter trip takedown. The larger man quickly advanced through his opponent’s guard, moving into mount and back mount.
He was unable to finish before the round ended, but Struve’s grappling handed him the round.
Despite getting thrown around last time, Omielanczuk immediately pushed his way into the clinch. Once again, Struve scored with his slick inside trip, landing in a dominant position. Omielanczuk attempted to use an underhook to scramble back to his feet. Unfortunately for the Polish athlete, Struve’s stupidly long arms are perfect for a d’arce choke, and the submission ace wasted little time in locking in the choke.
His opponent attempted to buck his way out, but he was forced to tap before long (watch video highlights here).
This was Struve’s best performance in years. He still has the issue of backing away with his ….View full article
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