Stefan Struve Cleared By Doctors and Released Following UFC 175 Bout Cancelation

July 7, 2014
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Stefan StruveDutch heavyweight Stefan Struve had a backstage scare at UFC 175 on Saturday when he became light-headed and suffered a panic attack resulting in the cancelation of his main card bout against Matt Mitrione.

The seven-foot tall 26-year-old was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart in August of last year, but after receiving treatment for the condition, he was cleared by doctors and the Nevada Athletic Commission to compete. After being evaluated on Saturday, doctors cleared Struve and released him.

“He’s doing great. The doctors cleared him and let him go,” said UFC president Dana White during the UFC 175 post-fight press conference (watch a video of White’s comments here). “He has this condition that every specialist and doctor has cleared him and checked him out. The commission approved him. It reminds me of the Evander Holyfield thing. The guy is going to have to retire, and then he’s back. I guess tonight he had something like a panic attack. He started hyperventilating. He almost passed out. He started hyperventilating. His blood pressure dropped. It’s just one of those weird things. I’m just glad he’s okay.”

Considering his medical history, White thinks the No. 12 UFC heavyweight should contemplate retiring from mixed martial arts.

“I think it’s something that he really needs to think about,” said White. “You meet some of these guys that love to compete so much that they’ll overlook certain things. I think tonight showed that he’s not one of those guys.

“He started to black out and starting having a panic attack like there was something wrong with his heart again, I think. This is all just what I’ve heard. I think he needs to do some soul searching. He’s a super talented guy. He’s a great guy. We love the guy. I don’t know. We’ll see where he goes from here,” added the UFC president.

Mitrione and Struve both received their fight purses despite the fight’s cancelation.

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  • BobGyro

    good luck to the guy

  • Guest

    We all want to see a miraculous comeback story, but let’s face it…retirement is probably the likely option if he wants to live. Considering he had that scare before stepping foot into the Octagon, imagine what could happen if he actually fights. Maybe some more time off for the guy, or he seriously does have to consider retirement.


    IF he’s cleared? do this fight on the LA card. But better not be a co main or something like that.

  • Bryan Adams

    I’m glad he’s ok, and I’m happy the doctors were on top of everything. However , someone needs to explain to me why this fight was on the main card. I know the comeback was an angle they wanted to play up, but everyone knew this was a possibility. Also, Struve had been out for so long, the chances of him having a great performance against Mitrione we’re slim to none. So u bring him back on a main card so that he can, at best, win a sloppy decision. Think of all the ring rust he’s gonna have! He couldn’t even elevate his heart rate for months. If u wanna celebrate his come back, give him a fight on the televised prelims against a realistic opponent. At least he’s ok, I just wish the ufc could explain to me why I paid for 5 fights and got 4. Yeah I’m not counting George Roop, obviously…

    • broseppi

      So everyone knew it was a possibility for him to nearly pass out in the dressing room and have the fight pulled from the card? You’re out of your mind, dude.

  • jmayan23

    did this ever happen to him in training camp??

  • uncle

    Good news I would like to see Hardy cleared also

  • David Huenecke

    Ppl his size often time have strange conditions like this one. I say give it one more shot on a preliminary bout and if it happens again, step away and enjoy life.

  • King Of The Spread

    Tried making it sound like the UFC released him – hate misleading titles