MMA Preview – Stefan Struve vs Marcos Rogério de Lima at UFC Fight Night 145

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 145? Saturday 23rd February, 2019 - 17:30 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 145? O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

What channel is UFC Fight Night 145 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 145? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The Dutch Skycraper graces the first UFC event in the Czech Republic as Stefan Struve takes on Marcos Rogério de Lima.

Struve is riding an unsavoury three-fight losing streak with disappointing performances against Alexander Volkov, Andrei Arlovski and Marcin Tybura. These were against top contenders but if he loses against de Lima, he will be concerned for his UFC future.

A win is a must for Struve as De Lima may be perceived as a step down in competition compared to his recent opponents as the Brazilian is 4-3 in the UFC as a light heavyweight. However, he moved up to heavyweight for his last outing and won a decision on Adam Wieczorek, handing him his second ever loss.

THE PREDICTION

Despite their ropey form, both men are very talented and destructive finishers with 39 between them. De Lima will look for the knockout as he is a devastating puncher but he will need to work hard to close the distance and find the chin of the towering Dutchman.

Although Struve does not use his reach nearly as well as he should, it will still make a significant difference in the fight. The former light heavyweight is only 6’2” and will be giving up ten inches in height, nine in arm reach and five in leg reach.

Struve is likely to utilise this, damaging De Lima with the jab and if he can get the fight to the floor you would bank on him leveraging his long limbs to wrap up a submission.

Winner: Struve via Submission

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.