UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve says his body “quitting” on him was a “scary experience” that created a “hurdle” he is looking to get over in his upcoming fight against Antonio Silva.
Feeling better than ever, Stefan Struve is gearing up to make a run at the UFC heavyweight title.
This weekend in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 87, Stefan Struve will be taking on Antonio Silva but regardless of how the fight plays out it won’t be Struve’s toughest battle. Struve’s most difficult opponent has proven to be himself and a heart condition which sidelined him for over a year.
Struve fought Mark Hunt on March 3, 2013. Coming into the fight he was riding a four fight winning streak and a victory over Hunt would have likely propelled him into a title eliminator. Struve had moments of success in the bout, achieving mount multiple times, but was unable to finish Hunt and was eventually knocked out in the third round. Several months after the fight, Struve released a statement informing the public that he had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart and a bicuspid aortic valve necessitating a hiatus from fighting to tend to his condition. A year later, Struve was expected to return against Matt Mitrione at UFC 175, but was forced to withdraw when he blacked out backstage prior to his fight.
Ahead of his co-main event bout with Silva, Struve spoke candidly with Jon Anik and Kenny Florian on the Anik and Florian podcast about his preparation for the upcoming fight and the effect his medical setbacks have had on his mentality and in cage performances.
“Everything kind of fell apart for me after the fight with Stipe [Miocic]. In my opinion, the fight with Mark [Hunt], I lost ….View full article
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