Struve and Volkov Clash in UFC's Return To Rottendam

Published on August 5th, 2017 1:35 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

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The King is checking the news on his phone.  Golden coffee mug is resting on his office desk.A clash between two Heavyweights will headline the UFC's return to Rottendam, Netherlands, which is one of the company's fastest growing markets.

Stefan Struve, who was born in Beverwijk, Netherlands, is still just 29 years of age despite seemingly having fought in the UFC forever. In fact, Struve made his debut with the promotion roughly 8 years ago, when he was quickly knocked out by Junior dos Santos, who would move on to eventually become the Heavyweight champion.

Struve has added a significant amount of weight since that fight and has been learning to more effectively use his length. Things have been turning up for Struve as of late, as he has won his last two fights in a row, including an early KO of Antonio Silva in the promotion's first trip to Rottendam.

Alexander Volkov will be no easy fight for Struve, however, as Volkov already has wins over both Roy Nelson and Timothy Johnson under his belt.

Struve will almost certainly have the edge on the feet in this fight, though Volkov is a problem if the fight goes to the ground.

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Here are the current odds for this fight - as you can see, Volkov is the favourite to win:

Stefan Struve, 7/5
Alexander Volkov, 10/17

The over/under for total rounds is set at 1.5 rounds:

Over 1.5 Rounds, 10/17
Under 1.5 Rounds, 7/5

Alexander Volkov has a number of decisions under his belt, and there is little doubt that he will be attempting to grind a win out over Struve.

Struve, on the other hand, will be looking to make a splash in front of his hometown fans by finishing Volkov early. Struve is known for his spectacular fights, and there is little chance that he will employ anything other than an aggressively offensive game plan.

This card doesn't have a tremendous amount of heft to it, though Struve vs Volkov could prove to be entertaining.

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