Top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight contenders Stefan Struve (No. 12) and Daniel Omielanczuk (No. 14) locked horns tonight (Sat., Oct. 8, 2016) inside Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, with the winner looking to crack into the division’s Top 10.
It was Struve who did the cracking — and then the strangling — finishing Omielanczuk for the first time ever in the second round with a slick d’arce choke.
Struve — who was almost a full foot taller than Omielanczuk — looked to use his size and length to keep the Polish fighter at range. Omielanczuk was able to get close enough to land a nice cross, but that was the only significant strike he landed in the entire round. Struve put together a nice headkick-left jab combination, which compelled Omielanczuk to try and tie up the towering Dutchman. Struve, though, used it as an opportunity to get the fight to the floor, where he was able to get Omielanczuk’s and angle for a submission with about one minute remaining in the round. Omielanczuk rolled to his side, then his belly, and did just enough to survive to see the second stanza.
Omielanczuk got round two going by immediately tying up Struve along the cage and working hard for a takedown. Struve wasn’t having any of it, though, switching position and drilling Omielanczuk with a knee. Struve then scored a takedown of his own with a Judo trip and went straight to work on a d’arce choke as Omielanczuk scrambled to escape. He rolled on top and tried to walk his way up the fence, but Struve was not letting go. Omielanczuk tapped quickly thereafter, losing for the first time in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) via submission.
That’s now back-to-back wins for Struve, who called for a Top 5-ranked opponent next, while ….View full article
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