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Struve keeps calm, carries onto UFC 124 TKO

Maggie Hendricks
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Stefan Struve showed off his experience in a first-round TKO of Sean McCorkle at UFC 124 in Montreal on Saturday.

McCorkle started the fight with a slam takedown, and then moved into an immediate Kimura. Struve calmly moved towards the cage and worked his arms out from McCorkle's control, never letting McCorkle get full control. After Struve freed his arms, McCorkle maintained top control, then nearly gave up an armbar. Struve remained calm, and at the right moment reached in for a Kimura. Instead of using it to submit McCorkle, Struve turned him over and moved into full mount. He rained down punches until referee Yves Levigne stopped the bout at 3:55.

Immediately after the bout, Struve asked for cheers for McCorkle, dismissing their pre-fight trash talk as part of the job.

Though McCorkle is nine years older, Struve had the upper hand when it comes to fight experience. Struve has 25 fights under his belt, seven in the UFC, while this was just McCorkle's second UFC bout.

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