Struve sparring for first time since Feb


In August, UFC heavyweight Stephan Struve was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart. 'Skyscraper' was born with the condition, and it had little effect on his  performance, but at 25, his future in MMA has been thrown into doubt.

"I honestly don't think he ever will [fight again]," UFC president Dana White. "He's got a rip in his heart. And you know, 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."

Struve maintained a positive attitude throughout the ordeal. He followed a reccomended medical course of action, taking medication for two months, and then reassessing. The Dutchman met with his doctors last week and received positive news - he could return to training.

Struve took the next stape is back sparring, via Twitter.

“First time sparring since februari of this year, finally :)" tweeted Struve. “Timing was a bit off but it felt amazing to do what I love doing again. Not feeling anything different then before. On my to that comeback!"


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10/15/13 2:53 PM by

Awesome! Health is number one but can't wait to see him fight again. Best wishes to Skyscraper!

man meets fate site profile image  

10/15/13 2:00 PM by man meets fate

Now give him reem :)

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10/15/13 1:30 PM by Pitbull3744

Great job Stefan as long as your healthy i want to see you fight.  Health def comes first. 

Joeymarvelous site profile image  

10/14/13 8:05 PM by Joeymarvelous

Glad the heart is OK, now he's gotta take care of that head

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10/14/13 6:26 PM by thebearbohland

Alright! Finally some good news! Haha hope he comes back as strong as ever!

CHiLLEN site profile image  

10/14/13 6:25 PM by CHiLLEN

Mint. TTT for the skyscraper!

Jo'donnell-Davies site profile image  

10/14/13 6:25 PM by Jo'donnell-Davies

That's good to hear. Would be awesome to see Struve back fighting, and dan hardy

TheVileOne site profile image  

10/14/13 6:22 PM by TheVileOne

As happy as I am for Struve and I'm rooting for him here, I hope he doesn't rush anything and he takes all the time he needs.

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10/14/13 6:21 PM by caseharts

Love me some flying Dutchman