It’s only been a few days now since Stefan Struve’s management revealed the heavyweight has been diagnosed with a heart condition, which could possibly end his fighting career at the young age of 25. When you consider that Struve has already fought over 30 times, and has defeated UFC vets like Pat Barry, Lavar Johnson and Stipe Miocic, it’s pretty obvious why he’s considered to be one of the sport’s most promising heavyweights.
The 7’0 tall Struve appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” to discuss his heart condition and future. The Dutch fighter discussed how the condition has affected his life and fighting career thus far, his understandable shock to hear the diagnosis, as well as what’s next in terms of medical treatment. Here is some of what Struve had to say:
“The first day they said, ‘We’ll have to check this out, but your career is pretty much over.’ But I don’t believe this thing that I’ve had my entire life will end my career. There are still a couple of question marks.”
“There are a couple of options,” Struve relayed. “There is an option that will probably allow me to keep fighting. A fighter in Glory, Mark Miller, had the same procedure and he came back from it.”
“We’ll see what the medication does for my heart and the doctors will give their final view, and I’ll get the final answer on my career. The thing is, they’re (his doctors in Holland) not used to working with athletes. After they give their answer, we’re definitely going to the United States for a second opinion to see what is best so I can resume my career and live a healthy life.”
Struve also revealed that the UFC has offered to pay pay for his medical expenses, as well as get him in contact with top of the line specialists. Here’s hoping everything works out so that we get to see the “Skyscraper” back in action soon.
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