Stefan Struve: “I’m coming back”
Stefan Struve hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since getting his jaw broken by the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt back in March of 2013. Prior to that the seven footer was on a four-fight winning streak. Struve was then diagnosed with a heart condition as he was recovering after his defeat. However, it seems as though things are being to build back up for “Skyscraper”.
According to “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, Struve plans on being back in action sometime in early spring.
Struve has a congenital heart condition, a bicuspid aortic valve, which is the reason he has been out of action for as long as he has. What happens with a bicuspid aortic valve is that 30 percent of the blood that is supposed to be pumped through the aorta is being leaked back into his heart. Thankfully, Struve has stated that through proper medication and much needed rest that number has dropped from 30 to 10 percent.
Struve then asked his doctor whether the number was low enough to start fighting again. To Struve’s excitement the doctors have given him the green light.
Stuve is taking no chances however. He plans on going back to his doctor in about six weeks for a check up to make sure that everything is still on schedule and his number stays low. After that, he plans on heading to LA to check with another physician. If he gets the ok from that doctor we can expect to see Struve begin to make his way back under the Zuffa banner.
Also good news for Struve, he recently participated in a five round sparring session in which he stated that he didn’t, “feel tired at all”.
Struve claims that during his last outing vs. Mark Hunt his heart condition played a vital role in his defeat.
“My last fight, I believe I lost because of this. I never felt so low on energy in the cage. I could barely stand on my feet. The most difficult part for me was going out on a loss like that. Winning four fights with four finishes and then to go out like that, my body just stopped late in the first round. It just didn’t do what I wanted it to do anymore.”
According to Struve’s doctors, it was the lack of rest leading up to fight that was his demise. Struve became ill shortly before his fight with Hunt, but never gave himself the proper attention but instead over trained. Stuve’s doctor has told him that if he happens to get sick he needs to put everything on hold and focus on getting better. Unfortunately for Struve, there is no amount of rest that can relieve him of the heart condition itself.
If Struve has learned anything during his lay off its what his body can and can’t handle. He also stated that it has, “showed me how much I loved the sport, and how much I love to do this.”
The “Skyscraper” assures all of his fans that, “I’m coming back. Don’t worry, I’m coming back.”