Posts Tagged ‘Stefan Struve’



By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Realizing a dream, and living one are completely different animals. The first is beset by big league aspirations where hard work and determination get you to the big show. The later is rarely an ambition until the earlier is in the rear view mirror. Most mixed martial artists dream of making it to the UFC. Few have the foresight to learn how to stay there.

Early success often teach harsh lessons later in life. Athletes often mature physically way before they develop mentally enough to handle such success. Chase Gormley (9-4 MMA) at one time was 6-0 with only 2 decisions to his credit. He was exciting to watch, and his powerful hands left opponents asleep and the fans cheering. His size, strength, grit and blue collar mind set made him ripe for the picking. And before he was ready, like many others, Gormley was plucked from the regional vine and thrust into the maelstrom of The UFC.

Physically he was a gifted specimen and riding the win streak when the UFC came knocking Gormley was more than willing to open the door. “When the UFC calls, you answer the call!” Gormley said. “My first fight was cancelled because my opponent was injured.” This led to a long layoff, which left him out of peak form, and according to the lumbering heavyweight “The UFC is not the place for you to knock off the ring rust!”

That rust was removed rather quickly by 7 foot heavyweight Stefan Struve, who was able to submit Gormley with a triangle choke in the first round of their fight. The first fight in the UFC for Gormely, ended with his first loss as a professional.

Chalking it up to the aforementioned ‘ring rust’ Gormley returned at ‘UFC Live 1 Vera vs Jones’ and faced a very tough Brendan Schaub. Ready to make his splash in the big pond, Gormely was set to make his mark. The fight lasted just :47 seconds.

In just :47 seconds Chase Gormley went from ‘Promising UFC heavyweight’ to being cut by the promotion after just 2 fights. Wondering what was next? Gormley continued fighting on the regional circuit. Alternating wins and losses, his once promising career now toiled in the balance.

“The love wasn’t there anymore!”, Gormley said. “I was only training twice a week, the losses started building, and I just lost the love!” Gormely said. “I retired, because I didn’t have my heart in the sport anymore.”

For almost 2 years, Gormley was content to remain ‘the guy that made it to the UFC’, but a phone call from a well known UFC fighter changed everything. “I got a call from Roy Nelson, who wanted me to help him train for the Cormier fight.” Gormley said. That phone call reignited the fire that once fueled a promising career.  After that training camp Chase returned to training but this time with a completely different mind set.

Winning his first fight back (a tune up fight in Kuwait), Gormley is now training full time with several different teams. Currently working with Antonio McKee’s Bodyshop, Mark Munoz’s Reign MMA, and with Tracy Hess at Subfighter, Gormley is again looking to make a name for himself as a fighter. This time, he plans on taking his time and building slowly to become the kind of fighter who can stay at the top!

His next test is against savy cage veteran Tony Lopez (34-14 MMA)  at ‘Chaos At The Casino 5‘. Lopez, a well known So-Cal native has fought in every major organization except the UFC. He has notable wins over Kyle Kingsbury, Wes Combs, and Joey Beltran, and is looking to build a winning streak for one last run in the sport. This fight will test Gormley, a test he is ready for, pass or fail.

A more matured Gormley although optimistic, is very measured when he discusses his chances. “Tony is no slouch, the guy has fought all over the world.” Gormley said. “I know he is real tough, and win or lose its a good situation for me. If I can beat him its a huge win, and if I lose then I will know what I have to work on, its a win win situation! ”

For Gormely each fight used to be the last. As a young fighter his physicality alone was able to carry him all the way to the UFC. Now that his technique and demeanor have matured, he seems back on course. Still fairly young, the future is again ahead of the once promising heavyweight. Chase Gormley has been to the top before, and there is no reason to think he can’t once again achieve his octagon dreams.

For now though, Gormley continues to climb the mountain one step at a time. Each foothold is secured, and each harness fastned. His movements are deliberate and planned. No longer living punch to punch, a more mature fighter is left again at the foot of the mountain. His goal this time is not only getting to the summit, but this time Gormley is making certain he stays on top!





Stipe Miocic (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Stefan’ Scrapper’ Struve (24-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC)

At 6-11 Heavyweight Stefan Struve is quite a sight ,he possesses elite kick boxing skills and a vicious submission game.With is combined skill set he has submission victories over Pat Barry, and Lavar Johnson. In between those bouts, he knocked out Dave Herman. He will need to maintain the distance to capitalize, and try to set up takedowns with his long jabs. Miocic is undefeated as a professional with impressive wins over Shane Del Rosario, Phil De Fries, and Joey Beltran. A dynamic striker, Miocic is capable of trading punches with anyone in this division. His weakness is obviously on the ground, and he will need to avoid that position at all cost against the savvy Struve. He will certainly be looking to end this fight early with a barrage of strikes.

Prediction: Struve 2nd rd submission. If he can bait the aggressive Miocic in, Struve should be able to get the fight to the ground, where the pugilistic specialist Miocic has very little chance of winning.

Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy (24-10 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Amir Sadollah (6-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)

With the fight being in his homeland of England, ‘The Outlaw’ will most certainly have the crowd in his favor. He should also possess the edge on striking, over the lesser experienced Sadollah. Hardy will as always avoid the ground like it’s the plague, and hope to out strike his opponent with his vicious kicks, and explosive left hook. Amir Sadollah is one of the only fighters who has only competed as a professional under the UFC banner, and for good reason. His well-rounded skill set makes him dangerous in any position. His Muay Thai standup style has improved with each fight, and on the ground his jiu-jitsu is extremely polished. Sadollah’s goal will be to maintain position control over Hardy, whose only comfortable standing. On the feet Hardy maintains an edge in striking, however Sadollah has more weapons in his arsenal.

Prediction: Sadollah via 2nd round submission

Yves Jabouin (16-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

Both fighters are incredible strikers, with very different styles. Jabouin has the classic kick boxer/boxing style. He sets up his strikes with movement, popping in and out landing on the entrance, and looking for the counter on the exit. Pickett is known as ‘One Punch’ for a reason. At 145 lbs, there is little competition for him in the power striking department. Pickett has a history of starting fast. He also has one of the fiercest guillotine chokes, in the MMA world. Both fighters have seen there share of decisions lately, however this one may not get that far!

Prediction: Pickett rd 1 TKO The England Native pleases the crowd!

John Hathaway  (16-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC)  vs. John Maguire  (18-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

This will certainly be a fan favorite, as both fighters are English sons. John Hathaway may be the divisions most heralded young fighter. With wins over Diego Sanchez, Paul Taylor, and Rick Story his name was thrust to the top of the division. After losing a close decision to Mike Pyle, Hathaway was able to string together two wins, is looking for a another to keep moving forward towards a contender spot. Standing in his way is John Maguire, who is making his third appearance in the UFC. Maguire is coming off of an impressive victory over DaMarques Johnson via armbar.  He will be looking to continue to make waves himself, as he attempts to take out the young contender Hathaway. This fight should be a very well rounded back and forth display of all elements of MMA. Both fighters are capable of winning from virtually any position. However, Hathaway will have a clear experience advantage.

Prediction: Hathaway via Unanimous Decision

Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig (21-13 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Che Mills (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

Knockout losses often motivate seasoned fight veterans. With both fighters coming off of  losses, this is the fight I predict will win the coveted ‘Fight of The Night’ bonus. Both fighter have incredibly precision striking, with Ludwig having a distinct advantage in the power area. Owner of the UFC’s fastest KO, ‘Bang’ Ludwig is looking to return to form, to make one last run at the top of the division. Mills will have to rely on his leg kicks, and in and out style to avoid the power in Ludwig’s hands.

Prediction: Ludwig via Unanimous Decision