Struve and Miocic last fought when they competed on the all-heavyweight UFC 146 main card, defeating Lavar Johnson and Shane del Rosario respectively. The two heavyweights now have a date against one another with a place among the top contenders in the division on the line.
The bout was confirmed earlier today by reputable British journalist Gareth A. Davies, who reports on MMA and boxing for The Daily Telegraph.
Struve (24-5) ended his last fight rather quickly, submitting Lavar Johnson with an armbar just 65-seconds into their bout. The Dutch fighter is 8-3 in the UFC, but has won five of his last six fights. At only 24 years of age, Struve is one of the best young talents in the heavyweight division. Struve has been bashed for his poor fight IQ in the past, but his victory over Johnson proved that he evolving not just physically, but mentally as well.
Miocic (9-0) has put together a nice run in the UFC thus far, defeating Joey Beltran, Philip De Fries and most recently, Shane del Rosario. The boxing skills of the American has been the most impressive part of his game so far, but he also possesses solid wrestling credentials and is able to finish fights on the ground, as seen in his win over del Rosario. Although he is five years older than his opponent, Struve will be the most experienced fighter Miocic has stepped into the cage with so far.
UFC on FUEL TV goes down Saturday, Sept. 29 from the Capital MF Arena in Nottingham, England. Bouts between Brad Picket and Yves Jabouin as well as Andy Ogle and Akira Corassani have also been confirmed