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Stefan Struve replaces Todd Duffee, meets Paul Buentello on UFC 107 main card

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With Todd Duffee (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) off the card due to injury, UFC rookie Stefan Struve (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement and meets Paul Buentello (27-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next month at UFC 107.

Despite the loss of Duffee, who posted the fastest knockout in UFC history during his promotional debut in August, Buentello vs. Struve remains on the televised main card.

UFC 107 takes place Dec. 12 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., and airs on pay-per-view.

Buentello, whose Aug. 1 fight with Gilbert Yvel was scratched due to the promotional demise of "Affliction: Entertainment," returns to the UFC for the first time since his TKO victory over the late Gilbert Aldana at UFC 57 in 2006. Buentello suffered a loss to then-champ Andrei Arlovski in his previous bout and then left the organization after rebounding for the win over Aldana.

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Post #1   11/11/09 10:30:46AM   

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Prolly a bad matchup for Struve but he does keep looking better everytime, but I see Paul maybe taking a tko or a decision win.

Post #2   11/11/09 11:30:53AM   

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Prolly a bad matchup for Struve but he does keep looking better everytime, but I see Paul maybe taking a tko or a decision win.



Excluding the Overeem fight where he submitted due to strikes, Paul has not been subbed since 2001. Tough fight for Struve

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Post #3   11/11/09 11:48:12AM   

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Struve needs to work on strength and conditioning. Going to be hard to get a veteran like Bunentello on the mat without eating hard shots for your trouble.

Struve's only hope is the grab Paul before he sets up the jab and catching him, not likely thou. More like a TKO victory for Buentello (great seeing him back in the UFC).

Post #4   11/11/09 12:01:51PM   

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This looks like bad news for Struve.
This match, while it makes some sense, is less interesting to me than 'Duff Man' vs Buentello.

Post #5   11/11/09 12:09:16PM   

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I actually had a feeling this bout would take place...

Paul by KO round 2

Post #6   11/11/09 12:10:25PM   

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Well I do feel the need to put some money on Struve because he could win the clinch game possibly and then maybe pull guard to get it to the ground.

But I wanted to see the headhunter claim another head.

Post #7   11/11/09 4:11:23PM   

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Paul hits hard but gasses quickly if he doesn't score the KO in round 1 then I think Struve may be able to pull of a decision. However initial pick will be Paul via KO in R1.

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What a trooper. I like the kid a lot and think he has a lot of potential. He keeps looking bigger every time he fights, so I think the strength and conditioning might be catching up.

I think this will be a fun fight to watch. That reach is going to be difficult for Paul I think.

Post #9   11/11/09 9:49:22PM   

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Posted by jae_1833

Paul hits hard but gasses quickly if he doesn't score the KO in round 1 then I think Struve may be able to pull of a decision. However initial pick will be Paul via KO in R1.



Not too sure if I agree really. Buentello isnt traditionally a guy that throws gas for 5 minutes then resorts to sucking wind. Buentello has fairly quick and technical hands for a heavyweight he was able to pick apart Sidelnikov and Goodridge throughout the fight. Buentello has diverse mma boxing and is very good at throwing down the pipe punches, which will help him against Struve.

Struve's hands are too wild, and striking fundamentals are a little flawed, he leaves his hands too low everytime he kicks, and I could definitely see Buentello counter one of Struves low kicks with a clean cross counter-strike down the pipe knocking Struve down.

Having said all of that Struve does have the grappling advantage, I think what will happen is Struve will initiate a clinch to make sure Buentello is not able to use his strengths (ranged striking) and work knees in the clinch and pull guard and try to submit him.

Not sure how this fight will play out to be honest, obviously whoever utilizes their gameplan the best will win, it should be an interesting fight nonetheless.



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Buentello was really on the bad side of a one sided beating when he lost his belt.

Post #11   11/12/09 12:59:13AM   

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Struve is a good replacement in my opinion, but he's gonna fair as well as I thought Duffee was gonna. Buentello is gonna use his boxing skills to TKO him in the 1st, or at latest, the 3rd (kinda obvious though).

Post #12   11/12/09 12:17:09PM   

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Another good boxer against Struve spells out anopther loss for him. Buentello is a stud and will come in ready to throw doen. his boxing as always will be on point, and will overwhelm Struve in the second. TKO for the Headhunter! This was also the same pick for him against Duffe IMO

Post #13   11/13/09 8:07:01PM