Six weeks removed from surgery for a fractured jaw, Stefan Struve has been allowed to return to the gym. After suffering a vicious knockout at the hands of Mark Hunt last month on the main card of UFC on FUEL TV 8, Struve was left with a dislodged tooth and a broken jaw that required surgery. After the installation of a titanium plate and a month and a half of inactivity, he has been given the go-ahead to begin full-contact training.
The Dutch heavyweight made the announcement through his Twitter that his first day back training “went GOOD” and he anticipates a return to the Octagon in a couple months.
6 weeks after having surgery on my jaw I had my 1st full contact mma training tonight, it went GREAT! Aiming to be back in a couple months!
— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) April 23, 2013
The 25 year-old competitor, a veteran of 31 fights, has now competed for the UFC thirteen times, losing six of them. Of those six fights, five have ended in highlight-reel knockouts. After already sustaining that type of punishment at such a young age, one has to wonder how long he can continue a career as a prize-fighter.
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