For mixed martial arts fans, the checkerboard pattern of Croatia is commonly associated with one man: the legendary Mirko Cro Cop. While he may be the most commonly known Croatian fighter, the small nation of just over four billion has a rich tradition in producing fighters that have reached the top level of their craft. From the storied kickboxers Stefan Leko and Branko Cikatic to former UFC fighters Igor Pokrajac and Goran Reljic, it’s easy to see the deep roots of Croatian mixed martial arts. But the man who dons the checkerboard shorts today in the octagon is not one from Croatia, rather, he hails from Cleveland, Ohio.
Fighter weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter season 16 Finale take place today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Roy Nelson takes on Matt Mitrione in the heavyweight headliner.
Six-foot-11-inch Stefan Struve (24-5) looks to add to his three-fight win streak as he takes on undefeated Stipe Miocic (9-0) in a heavyweight showdown in the UFC on FUEL TV 5 main event on Sept. 29 in England.