UFC President Dana White confirmed that verbal agreements were in place for the match-up on Tuesday.
At 6’11” Struve is the tallest heavyweight on the UFC roster, while Barry at 5’11” is the division’s shortest.
Barry is coming off the first knockout loss of his career against Cheick Kongo last month. Although Barry hurt Kongo early, Kongo was able to land an uppercut that led to him making one of the most spectacular comebacks in UFC history to win the bout.
The loss brought Barry’s UFC record to 3-3. He has literally been up-and-down throughout his two-and-a-half years with the promotion. His last win was a unanimous decision over Joey Beltran in January.
Struve if 5-3 in his UFC career, and like Barry, is also coming off a loss, a first round knockout to Travis Browne at UFC 130 in May. Prior to that, Struve had back to back wins over Sean McCorkle and Christian Morecraft.
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