For a minute, there, it appeared Daniel Omielańczuk was going to find success against Stefan Struve by closing the distance.
The Polish heavyweight waded in on his 7-foot foe early and landed uppercuts. But eventually, the "Skyscraper" adapted in their UFC 204 fight Saturday night, out grappled his opponent, and ultimately scored his 17th career stoppage win.
The Netherlands native got the tap from a D'Arce choke at 1:41 of the second round at Manchester Arena in England.
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"I do what I do, it took time, he's tough," said Struve (28-8), who won for the third time in his past four fights. "I wasn't that fast with my footwork so I took him down, I smelled that submission and I got the D'Arce."
Omielańczuk (19-6-1) had a three-fight win streak snapped and was submitted for the first time in his career.
It was Struve's fifth submission win in the UFC, putting him second all-time in the heavyweight division behind Frank Mir (8).