When everything is on the line, do you go into your shell or meet it head on and do everything you can to win?
That is the big test that Stefan Struve faced at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam, Netherlands yesterday.
And the 'Skyscraper' came up big, with an amazing 16-second TKO to put away Antonio Silva and more than likely save his UFC career. Scroll down to watch the knockout.
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Fighting in Ahoy Rotterdam stadium, which was packed with support from all over Netherlands, the Dutchman was cheered on from the moment he stepped into the octagon until after he earned his first finish in over three years with an incredible TKO win over 'Big Foot' Silva.
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Silva tried to stand up and punch it out with the seven-footer and paid the price for it, badly. Struve caught him with a right hook that staggered the Brazilian and finished the encounter with a flurry of elbows before the referee waded in to stop the fight.
"I really needed a win like this after three hard years," Struve said at the post-fight press conference.
"I knew this was going to happen sometime soon. This was the training camp. This is what happened in the gym. We knew that he was going to do this, and it played out perfectly."
The win moves Struve to a 27-8 record for his career and puts him back into the big picture after two years out following the discovery of a bicuspid aortic valve and an enlarged heart. He spoke about making the comeback post-fight.
"I just told myself, just keep fighting," Struve said. "You fought your heart issue. You won. If you lose a fight, that's not the end of everything. And now I'm back. This is what I was waiting for and this was going to happen. I knew it would, and here we are."
Struve lost two of his first three fights upon his return, but now he finally has something looking like momentum.
Walk in, fight for 16 seconds, walk out with your UFC career safe. Not a bad Sunday night's work.
Antonio Silva, on the other hand, looks like he is about to given his walking papers by Dana White and co. The 36-year-old is now 1-5-1 in his last six, with all five of those losses coming by way of first-round knockout.
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