Stefan Struve (right) stopped Stipe Miocic with second round punches. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
The man known as “Skyscraper” continues to reach new heights. Labeled the underdog in his heavyweight feature against fellow prospect Stipe Miocic at UFC on Fuel TV 5, Stefan Struve proved the doubters wrong, stopping his adversary with strikes at the 3:50 mark of round two at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on Saturday.
After struggling to find his range in the opening five minutes, Struve had the Ohioan reeling in round two thanks to a series of uppercuts and crosses. Miocic had no answer for the barrage, and referee Herb Dean was forced to call a halt to the action. It was the fourth straight win -- all via knockout or submission -- for the Team Schrijber product.
While height tends to be the figure most often mentioned when examining Struve, there are other statistics that reveal the Dutchman’s rise to prominence in the Octagon. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fuel TV 5, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
57: Significant strikes landed by Stefan Struve in his second-round knockout triumph over Stipe Miocic. The 24-year-old struggled in round one, as his opponent outlanded him 33-to-20 in the opening frame. He picked things up in the second stanza, however, landing 37 significant strikes to Miocic’s 15.
24: Stoppages in 25 career victories for Struve. “Skyscraper” has finished seven of those contests by knockout or technical knockout and 16 via submission.
1: UFC bout featuring Struve that has reached the third round, a decision win over Paul Buentello at UFC 107. As it stands, Saturday’s victory came at the 3:50 mark of round two -- the third longest contest of Struve’s UFC tenure to date.
2: Takedowns defended, in three attempts by Struve. It was the first time in the towering Dutchman’s 12-fight UFC tenure that he had stopped a takedown. Previous foes Chase Gormley, Christian Morecraft, Sean McCorkle and Travis Browne were a combined 4-for-4 on takedowns against Struve.
3: Takedowns successfully executed by Dan Hardy in his unanimous decision victory over Amir Sadollah. That total is equal to the entire amount of takedowns Hardy has landed in his previous nine UFC outings combined. Those opponents held a 20-3 combined edge in takedowns against “The Outlaw.”
4: Fighters who began the night with unbeaten records. Of the four, only Jimi Manuwa and Gunnar Nelson kept their “0” in the loss column, while Miocic and Paul Sass suffered the first defeats of their MMA careers.
5-5: Record for English fighters on Saturday’s card. Two bouts -- Struve vs. Miocic and Gunnar Nelson vs. DaMarques Johnson -- didn’t include any native fighters while another -- John Hathaway vs. John Maguire -- pitted a pair of Englishmen against each other.
1,470: Days since Brad Pickett’s last knockout victory, a punch to the body that felled Antanas Jazbutis at Cage Rage 28 on Sept. 20, 2008. Pickett floored Yves Jabouin with an uppercut in the first round of their UFC on Fuel TV 5 bantamweight encounter. The Englishman has tasted victory six times between the two KOs -- four times by submission and twice by decision.
12: Significant strikes by which Jabouin outlanded Pickett prior to the knockout. Pickett was also outlanded in his victories over Ivan Menvijar at WEC 53 and Demetrious Johnson at WEC 48.
20: Bouts without a submission loss for Matt Wiman, who gave Paul Sass a dose of his own medicine by forcing the Englishman to tap to an armbar at 3:48 of the opening round in their lightweight tilt. Prior to facing Wiman, Sass had won 12 of his 13 fights via submission.
7: Consecutive fights that have gone the distance for John Hathaway following his three-round verdict over John Maguire in a 170-pound skirmish. “The Hitman” has emerged victorious in six of those seven contests, with notable wins over Diego Sanchez and Rick Story.
81: Total strikes by which Hathaway outlanded Maguire during round two. The London Shootfighters representative did much of his work via moderate ground-and-pound, with just 13 of the 86 strikes he landed deemed significant by FightMetric.com.
2-5: Record for Duane Ludwig since returning to the UFC in 2010. “Bang” lost via TKO to Che Mills when he injured his knee during a takedown attempt, marking his third straight setback within the promotion. Ludwig made his first Octagon appearance back in 2003, where he earned a unanimous decision over Genki Sudo at UFC 42.
2: UFC losses via injury for Ludwig. A 2010 bout with Darren Elkins was stopped after 44 seconds when the Coloradoan hurt his ankle in the opening frame. Ludwig, who is among the promotion’s most prolific fighters in terms of strikes landed per minute, only landed a combined three significant strikes in his abbreviated appearances versus Mills and Elkins.
.452: Winning percentage for the unbeaten Jimi Manuwa’s 11 opponents prior to his UFC debut. That group has an overall mark of 75-90-1, and only two have career records over .500. Manuwa responded well to the step up in competition, however, closing Kyle Kingsbury’s left eye to force a doctor’s stoppage after two rounds for his 11th triumph by knockout or technical knockout on Saturday.
19: Month layoff for Akira Corassani since his last official fight, a second-round TKO defeat at the hands of Paul Reed in February 2011. “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alumnus wasn’t adversely affected by the time on the shelf, as he earned a hard-fought split decision against “TUF 15” vet Andy Ogle in a featherweight clash.
10: Consecutive finishes for UFC newcomer Gunnar Nelson, who submitted DaMarques Johnson via rear-naked choke at 3:34 of the opening frame in a catch-weight contest. Nine of those stoppages have come inside of a round.