For the 6″11 Netherlands-born “Skyscraper,” this fight is a chance to move on from the Browne defeat, which dropped him to 21-5 overall and 5-3 in the UFC.
“There are several things you can do (after you lose), and the thing you can do best, in my opinion, is man up, take it, take your lessons from it, use it as motivation, and start training for your next fight,” said Struve, in an interview with UFC.com. “Then you come back harder, and that’s what I did in my fights after my losses.”
Struve is quite the imposing figure inside the cage, as he can easily peak over the fence and into the crowd. In Barry, he will be getting an opponent that has no problems standing and trading punches and kicks with him over three rounds.
“I’m fighting a kickboxer, and training in Holland for a fight against a kickboxer is one of the best places there is,” Struve said. “There were several things that I could have done better (against Browne). I should have fought more aggressive in the first round, but I was following the game plan too much instead of just fighting. That’s what I do best and that’s what got me my UFC contract – just fighting, giving it all you got, and seeing where it goes.”
Barry (6-3) is also entering this fight off a knockout loss to Cheick Kongo. He is 3-3 in his UFC career.
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MMATraining Take: Both of these guys want to make the highlights for delivering a knockout, not being on the receiving end of one. With this being the co-main event of the evening, expect Barry and Struve to be throwing some intense, heavy-loaded punches and kicks to the other. The height of Struve will be tough for Barry to deal with, though, so getting the “Skyscraper” to the ground might be a better course of action for “HD.”