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    Default Stefan Struve Schrijbers Prize Pupil Makes His Mark

    By Thomas Gerbasi

    When you mention the name Bob Schrijber to longtime mixed martial arts fans, you may get mixed opinions; not surprising when youre talking about a guy nicknamed Dirty Bob.
    But whatever you may think about the PRIDE vet who fought 38 times against the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Heath Herring, Igor Vovchanchyn, Gilbert Yvel, and Melvin Manhoef, you do know this: a) hes one tough hombre, and b) hes developed one of the UFC heavyweight divisions top young prospects in 21-year old Stefan Struve, who has been training with Schrijber ever since his brother let him tag along to a training session in Beverwijk seven years ago.
    My brother trained at Bobs gym, recalls Struve. He gave classes in the city where I lived, and I was lucky to meet him there. I watched a couple of his fights because my brother was already doing it, and I was pretty impressed (with Schrijber). In my opinion, he was one of the best standup coaches in the world, as well as a great coach when it comes to the mental part he knows how to get you as good as you can get.
    Schrijber also injected a dose of toughness into his fighter, something that was never more evident than in Struves second fight in the UFC this past June against Denis Stojnic. It was perhaps the most pressure-filled test of Struves career, especially considering that he had lost his Octagon debut to Junior Dos Santos four months earlier. So with a win necessary to keep his UFC dreams alive, Struve came out determined to score the victory, but instead got his forehead cut open, painting the canvas red. It would have been an opportune time to call it a day, but Struve just knew who would be waiting for him in the corner, and thats the man who had been pushing him past his limits every day in the gym, Schrijber, who has apparently not lost a step at the age of 44 when it comes to intimidation.
    Even in training when you really dont want to go anymore, he just kicks your ass and yells at you, chuckles Struve. It keeps you going and its good when youve got someone like that in your corner to help you through a tough fight like that.
    In round two, Struve went on a submission attempt frenzy, and eventually he caught Stojnic in a rear naked choke that produced a tap out and gave Skyscraper his first UFC win. It was a bloody, but sweet, victory, and a far cry from the bout against Dos Santos, which saw Struve look like a deer in the headlights as Dos Santos blitzed him en route to a 54 second stoppage win at UFC 95. To this day, Struve says that it wasnt him that night in the Octagon.
    It was the UFC jitters, how you guys call it, he said. Walking to the Octagon I felt great and ready to rock, but when I stepped in there, everything was gone. I dont know what happened. He knocked me down, not because my standup was bad; I just jammed and didnt know what to do. It was weird.
    It was only the third loss of Struves career, one that now sees him at 22-3, an amazing record considering his age. But despite his talent and his upside, the UFC isnt the place to get on the job training, so he needed the win against Stojnic, and when he got it, it proved that he also has the toughness to survive at this level.
    I was a little nervous before that fight because my last fight didnt go so well, but I never stopped believing in myself, he said. And my trainer said that it happens to everybody just keep working hard and youll be there eventually. And I think Ive shown now that I belong in the UFC, and I would love to do that fight with Dos Santos over again.
    There are other matters to tend to first though, and following the win over Stojnic and an October victory over Chase Gormley that earned him UFC 104s Submission of the Night honors, Struve has left his home in the Netherlands for Memphis, Tennessee and a bout with returning veteran Paul Buentello, a former UFC heavyweight title challenger.
    Hes a good striker, and hes got good boxing, says Struve of The Headhunter. He tries to use his reach on his opponents, especially with his jab, but its gonna be hard for him to do that with me because of my height and my reach.
    Hes not kidding, and with a 6 foot 11 frame and an 83 reach, Struve provides a unique style dilemma for anyone in the division, and thats just the way the soft-spoken prospect likes it. Yet while the top guns can rest easy for now, because he insists that hes in no rush, Stefan Struve is not shying away from the elite heavyweights either.
    Im trying to get bigger, better, and stronger in every aspect of my game, and just improve with every fight, he said. Im pretty sure that I can give the top guys in the division a real tough fight, and Im not saying that I would win those fights, but Im pretty sure I can give them one hell of a fight and make them work for their money.









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    Leuk stuk
    gun het hem zeker

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    Super...leuk stukje!

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    Leuk om te lezen! Hoop dat ie de winst pakt vanavond.
    Als ze praten gaat het goed, als ze haten gaat het beter.
    Don't get your hopes up, I'm just the wingman..

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    Vier partijen in de UFC is echt veel. Er zijn genoeg vechters die 1 a 2 partijen in een jaar krijgen. Dana ziet dus wel wat in deze knul
    Hoop zeker dat ie gaat winnen. Zou een erg mooie stap zijn naar de top!!

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    WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRR!
    From Best!

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    Ik kan niet wachten tot vanavond!!!

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    Leuk stukkie! War Stefan!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sendur View Post
    WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRR!
    ...RRRRRRRRR STEFANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!

    vannacht opblijven weer jongens

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