Stefan Struve:”…training sessions on my birthday – happy birthday to me,”

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“I got two awesome training sessions on my birthday – happy birthday to me,” Struve joked with ( “My girl got me a really nice cake, and I had to put it in the freezer. It will be waiting for me when I come back from Japan.”

Already a 12-fight UFC veteran, Struve turned 25 earlier this month. He didn’t get much of a chance to enjoy the occasion, as he was putting the finishing touches on his preparation for this weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 8 event, where the towering Dutchman meets Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) on the night’s main card.

Struve brings with him a four-fight win streak that has earned him a No. 9 slot in the UFC’s official rankings. When the fight first was announced, some pundits believed it was a bit of a step backward for Struve, but he said the chance to fight Hunt in a country that reveres him as an MMA and kickboxing superstar made the decision very easy.

“I didn’t have to think long about it,” Struve said. “I pretty much signed the contract the same day.

“He’s a huge name. He’s on a three-fight win streak. I’m going to fight him in Japan, where he’s a living legend. A win over Mark Hunt is going to be huge for my career, so I didn’t have to do much thinking about that.”

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