Towering up-and-coming heavyweight Stefan Struve (18-3) has officially taken over for the injured Todd Duffee in a bid to throw hands with Paul Buentello (27-10) at UFC 107: “Penn vs. Sanchez” from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 12.
His contract was one of many picked from the rubble by Zuffa following Affliction’s demise and his experience inside the Octagon (and out) makes him an immediate factor in this division.
In fact, over his past 13 fights, Buentello has only dropped two contests — one was for a shot at Andrei Arlovski’s UFC heavyweight title back at UFC 55 and the other was at the hands of Alistair Overeem for Strikeforce in November 2007.
But don’t expect the surging Dutchman Stefan Struve to be impressed by any of that.
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Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, 10 p.m. EST
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
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Kenny “Ken Flo” Florian vs. Clay “The Carpenter” Guida
Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce
Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve
Wilson Gouveia vs. Alan Belcher
Matt Wiman vs. Shane Nelson
Ricardo Funch vs. Johny Hendricks
Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares
DaMarques Johnson vs. Edgar Garcia
Kevin Burns vs. TJ Grant