Dana White Doesn’t Think Stefane Struve Will Fight Again, Struve is Determined to Prove Him Wrong

September 5, 2013
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Stefan Struve UFC 107_01-478x270On Aug. 20, it was revealed that UFC heavyweight Stefane Struve is suffering from a heart condition that may prevent him from ever competing inside the cage again.

Struve (25-6) was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart.  He was placed on medication and may require a future surgery.  The seven-foot tall Struve has fought thirteen times in the UFC, amassing a 9-4 record. UFC president Dana White believes that’s where Struve’s fighting career will stand.

“What he has is a serious condition, and I honestly don’t think he ever will (fight again),” said White on the Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes Show on 106.7 FM in Washington DC on Wednesday.

“He’s got a rip in his heart. It’s one of those freak things that happen to people, and I love the kid. The kid’s got, no pun intended, but he’s got unbelievable heart. He’s tough as nails. He’s the nicest guy in the world, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help him through this thing,” added White.

Struve, however, refuses to accept the possibility of never fighting again.  He plans to beat the odds and be an example what is possible.

“I DON’T consider retirement as an option,” tweeted Struve on Thursday.   “It’s possible 2 come back from this & I’m gonna go for that & make it work! Just so you know.”

Struve is a fighter and will always be a fighter.  He’s just fighting something else now instead of opponents in the cage.  The possibility of returning to competition serves as motivation to win the battle he’s currently in.

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  • Milosc

    Go Stefane

    I believe in you, brother

  • bajafox

    What crappy luck for what seems like a pretty cool and humble guy. He’s still young enough to maybe finish out a career on his own terms.

    • Werdoomb

      I doubt that. He needs a major heart surgery of a type that ends an athlete’s career. It is not healthy for dudes with his condition to compete professionally. He will have difficult time running after the surgery.

      • bajafox

        Just being optimistic. I don’t think he was ever going to be “elite” status but the guy still has a lot to learn and relatively young for an MMA fighter

  • james j

    Dude go fishing and get a regular job

    • Werdoomb

      Which he can’t. The dude has spent a large portion of his 20’s in MMA and not in education.

      There are only three non-MMA jobs available for Struve, which are: (1) martial arts coach at a local gym or Dutch police force. He has not accomplished enough to open his own gym like Randy, Wandy, and other former champs; (2) security guard or body guard; (3) bum.

      I would say #1 and #2 are good options for him.

      • Lucas Freire

        Well…Duane Ludwig is coaching Team Alpha Male, I don’t see why someone like Struve wouldn’t be able to open a local gym.
        You have to remember the local appeal he surely has on his country. He has a kickboxing background, but on the MMA evolved into a great grappler, and grappling isn’t something Holland is known for.

      • Cowsill

        no one who’s not “former champs” can open any type of gym at all. only champs can do that. thanks for clearing that up.

  • Best of luck to the guy.

  • Alex Anderson

    Maybe this even explains why he often seemed to be lacking something in his tougher fights, especially given his size and his experience. Hopefully he comes back and is able to become better than ever.

    • Manuel Lopez

      No, that was for lack of skill, poor boxing defense, chin out there, poor use of his superior reach … just bad coaching. Struve is a warrior, just not a smart fighter. This article reinforces that too. Forget about proving anyone wrong man, just look out for your health, and train people or something. But that is just my opinion.

  • james j

    Be a bouncer at a topless bar in Vegas and coach in a MMA gym during the day. You will be ok.

  • Mark McDowall

    Dana likes the guy…usually means that he will take care of him post-UFC. I’m sure they could use him to promote UFC all over the place.

  • Mcgiggity

    Get well soon Stefan!

  • Sushiliciousbe

    Man, how much bad luck can a guy have? First his dad battling cancer and now this!?!?

    I wonder if this heart condition is something that is genetical or did this happen (maybe) because of his increase in weight? He used to be so thin and I’m sure he used some kind of supplements to increase his strength and weight.

    I wish him the best though, he indeed looks to be a great and friendly guy.