Former Cage Gladiators heavyweight champion Stefan Struve will collide with unbeaten Massachusetts-based prospect Christian Morecraft in a preliminary matchup at UFC 117 “Silva vs. Sonnen” on Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Ten bouts are now official for the event.
The 6-foot-11 Struve, a winner in eight of his last 10 fights, last appeared at UFC Fight Night 21 in March, when he succumbed to first-round punches from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 winner Roy Nelson in Charlotte, N.C. The 22-year-old Dutchman has delivered 14 of his 19 career victories by submission.
Based at the Cape Cod Fighting Alliance, Morecraft has finished all six of his opponents inside the first-round. The 6-foot-8, 260-pound heavyweight has 40-, 56-, 60- and 70-second victories on his resume. He struck Lee Beane into submission at a Cage Fighting Xtreme show on May 20 in Plymouth, Mass.
A middleweight title fight between embattled champion Anderson Silva and outspoken challenger Chael Sonnen will headline UFC 117, which will also feature a welterweight matchup between hall of famer Matt Hughes and former King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida.
UFC 117 “Silva vs. Sonnen”
Saturday, Aug. 7
UFC Middleweight Championship
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
* Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Junior dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch
Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story
Ben Saunders vs. Dennis Hallman
Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Johny Hendricks vs. Charlie Brenneman
Rodney Wallace vs. Stanislav Nedkov
* Not official