Last month during a routine examination, UFC heavyweight Stephan Struve was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart. 'Skyscraper' was born with the condition, and it has affected him little to date, but at 25, his future in MMA is in doubt.
In an interview with CBS Washington's 106.7 The Fan UFC president Dana White said he thought a return to the Octagon was not likely.
"Yea, what he has is a serious condition," said White. "And I honestly don't think he ever will [fight again]. 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."
However, Struve said he is determined to fight his way through the medical issues, and back into the cage, via Twitter.
Stefan Struve @StefanStruve
•Watching Crank 2 and I'm getting all sorts of ideas for my heart :p
•Just talked 2 @fightshark_com who had the same condition as me and came back from it! Gave me even more power and believe for a comeback!
•Thanks so much @fightshark_com for the support!! And folks, believe me when I say this, I WILL BE BACK IN THE OCTAGON!!
•I DON'T consider retirement as an option, it's possible 2 come back from this & I'm gonna go for that & make it work! Just so you know ;)
•25 days till the next hospital visit and the final answer from the docters in Holland, I really can't wait"