Late last year UFC heavyweight contender Stefan Struve revealed that he was intending to pack more pounds onto his relatively slender 6ft 11″ frame.
So far it’s been a gradual process for the 22 year-old. In his UFC debut back in February 2009 he weighted 240lbs. By his last fight in December of 2010 he was tipping the scales at 253lbs.
Since then it appears that Struve has redoubled his efforts to build-up his frame ahead of his fight with Travis Browne at UFC 130 in May, and on Twitter last night he revealed that he’s now operating at the heavyweight limit.
“Just finished my strength and conditioning and I’m feeling great at 265 pounds! Tonight I’m working on my grappling”
Struve, who’s current 5-2 in the UFC, and 21-4 in his career overall, also revealed that by fight time he hopes to be around 260-263lbs.
It may still be that he goes higher than that in the future, however. In his interview last year he stated that his eventual goal is to cut down from 290lbs for his bouts.
It seems like a sensible strategy, and it’ll be interesting to see how the additional weight he’s gained recently affects his performance against Browne, who himself is a relatively big heavyweight measuring 6ft 7″ and 251lbs.