He will never go past a top-10 guy. He can only beat average-to-good fighters with little or no ground game (and he doesn't look good in those fights either). But that's not enough to even be a gatekeeper of sorts.
Stephan is in the 9th year of his professional MMA career with 31 professional fights, which makes him one of the most experienced MMA fighters in the UFC, and he hasn't been progressing for a couple of years now.
With all the wars he's been through, I think his body is going to start declining soon. He's taken too many shots in those 9 years, especially in the last 4 years in the UFC.
If Jon Fitch, who can beat anybody in the world in his division on a given night, is not good enough for the UFC because apparently he shows no potential at bettering himself in the rankings, then Struve who doesn't show potential for anything other than beating cans is a waste of UFC roster space even more.
But I'm afraid the UFC will feed him another batch of bums with no ground game for Stephan to build himself back with a string of wins, until he gets to fight someone better who will destroy him once again. But what's the point of that circle?
Therefore, I hope the UFC gives him another good fighter for his next fight so we can stop that nonsense cycle for good.
UFC, please cut Struve.
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