UFC 175 is one of the biggest events of the year. Falling on the Independence Day weekend in the USA, UFC 175 features 2 title fights as both the middleweight and the women’s championship are up for grabs. It also features the return of one of the heavyweight division’s favorite fighters as Stefan Struve returns after being out of action since March 2013.
Struve was first put on the sidelines after suffering a broken jaw at the hands of Mark Hunt and then he was diagnosed with a leaking Aortic valve that only let him compete at 50% of his capacity. Struve makes his return against Matt Mitrione as the third fight on the UFC 175 pay-per-view.
The UFC odds makers have Struve as a -175 favorite. UFC bettors who want to back Struve will need to risk $175 for every $100 they want to win. If you like Mitrione in this fight, you’ll make $145 for every $100 bet on Meathead.
UFC 175 Odds
Matt Mitrione +145
Stefan Struve -175
Big things were expected from Struve, it feels like he’s been around forever as he’s already fought 13 times in the UFC; amassing a UFC record of 9-4. Despite only being 26 years of age, he’s faced many of the top fighters in the UFC’s heavyweight division including Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson, Travis Browne and the aforementioned Hunt. Sure, he lost those fights but Struve has potential if his heart issues don’t crop up again.
The UFC hasn’t made their doctor available to the media to discuss Struve’s condition, only referring people to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Struve himself said his heart is now functioning at 90%, which could mean trouble for Matt Mitrione Saturday night.
Mitrione has only fought professionally in the UFC. He began his career with five straight wins but he’s gone just 2-3 in his last five fights. He’s coming in to this fight coming off a performance of night KO against Shawn Jordan when the two fought in Macau.
If Struve is ready to go, and there is no reason to believe he’s not healthy, he should be amped up for this fight. It’s a second chance at his dream and I don’t see him letting it slip out of his grasp. It’s doubtful this fight makes it to the judges’ cards as both fighters aren’t afraid to bang with each other. Look for Struve to use his long limbs to keep Mitrione from getting close and if he gets the opportunity, Struve will take it to the ground where is jiu-jitsu is far superior to that of Mitrione.