The UFC’s July 22 trip to Hamburg, Germany keeps getting better and better. The latest addition to the card, per an announcement from the UFC, is a heavyweight showdown between towering Dutchman Stefan Struve, and dangerous Polish star Marcin Tybura.
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Struve will enter this compelling heavyweight tilt on a two-fight losing streak, as he was recently knocked out by top contender Alexander Volkov, and out-worked to a decision by former champ Andrei Arlovski. These losses were preceded by back-to-back stoppage wins over Daniel Omielanczuk and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The 38-year-old is 28-10 overall.
Tybura, meanwhile, last fought in February, when he was pounded out by Derrick Lewis. This stoppage loss was preceded by a decision loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, and a trio of wins opposite Viktor Pesta, Luis Henrique and Arlovski.
The UFC’s July 22 trip to Hamburg, which will mark the promotion’s second stop in the city and fifth in larger Germany, will be headlined by a light heavyweight scrap between former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir and former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. This bout was originally supposed to serve as the co-main event of the UFC’s debut in Santiago, Chile, but was relocated as the result of Oezdemir’s current legal situation.
The UFC’s return to Hamburg will also feature a key light heavyweight showdown between Swedish contender Ilir Latifi and former title challenger Glover Teixeira, and a lightweight bout between Marc Diakiese and Nasrat Haqparast. Needless to say, it’s shaping up to be a good one.
Who do you think will come out on top when the cage door closes on Stefan Struve and Marcin Tybura? Which heavyweight will return to winning ways?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/27/2018.