Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa set for UFC 254

Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa set for UFC 254

Heavyweights are coming to Fight Island.

Officials announced Thursday that Stefan Struve (29-12) is set to fight Tai Tuivasa (8-3) in a heavyweight bout at UFC 254, which takes place on Oct. 24 in Abu Dhabi.

This is the first booking of the year for Struve, who is mired in a 1-4 slump. The veteran most recently fought at UFC on ESPN 7 in December, where he lost by second-round TKO to Ben Rothwell. Struve’s UFC record sits at 13-10.

Tuivasa also seeks to break out of a bad stretch of results as he is currently on a three-fight losing streak. “Bam Bam” began his UFC career with three consecutive wins, including a unanimous decision nod over former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, but has now lost consecutive fights to Serghei Spivac, Blagoy Ivanov, and Junior dos Santos.

UFC 254 is headlined by a lightweight title unification bout between undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje. The event will air exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

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