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UFC 117: Stefan Struve wakes up for Round 2

Stefan Struve is about as pasty white a fighter you'll come across. Throughout the first round of his heavyweight fight against Christian Morecraft at UFC 117 in Oakland, you could see Struve go from white to pink to red like someone sitting in the sun with no lotion.

“I didn’t feel great before the fight and I had no energy that first round,"  Struve said. "I just couldn’t break his posture because I was just too tired. But when I sat on my stool at the end of the first round I just said there’s no quit in me."

He had enough energy to eat every punch from Morecraft. His lip, in particular. That lower lip was so swollen, he looked like Will Smith during his allergic reaction in "Switch." 

Apparently he didn't like it with cornerman Stitch said "You got a good surgeon, you'll be fine."

Struve opened the round with a four-punch combo that floored Morecraft. He followed up with a flurry of punches on the grounded Morecraft to get the TKO 22 seconds into the second round.

"When I got the win, I was very excited. I don’t want to call it the biggest win of my career because I’m 22 and I’m going to be around a long time – and one day I’m going to wear that strap.”

 

Watch the UFC 117 live video press conference at 1:20 a.m. EDT.

New York Sports