Struve cleared, expecting spring return


Stefan Struve was one of the heavyweight divisions rising stars until an enlarged heart and leaking valve was discovered. However, Struve has been cleared by doctor's and expects a full return to the UFC:

"Everything went really well. Everything was where the doctor wanted it to be. As it is right now, my heart is still bigger than the heart of a normal human being. Half of that is because I'm as tall as I am and the other because I'm an athlete and my size adapted to the size it had to be to adapt to my body. If I would have had that alone, it would be no problem. But, I was born with it and the leaking aortic valve. If you go long without being treated, then it can become a danger.

The main thing you notice with this condition is your cardio output. When they first discovered it, the leakage was about 30 to 40 percent and right now it's about maybe 10 percent or less.

It's really good and I asked the doctor the question: 'Right now, if you had to clear me right now for a fight, would you clear me?' And he said, 'Yeah, of course. The amount of leakage you have right now, you shouldn't be able to feel anything with it.'"

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onepunch gangnamstyle site profile image  

1/14/14 10:35 AM by onepunch gangnamstyle

Stefan Struve cleared[Pic of ice cube]Today was a good day

Affliction Blackbelt site profile image  

1/14/14 9:55 AM by Affliction Blackbelt

Great news!! Overcoming this kind of adversity shows a lot of heart. In fact aorta write him some encouraging fan mail for his return.

Joeymarvelous site profile image  

1/14/14 9:37 AM by Joeymarvelous

Love Struve, glad the ticker is OK and he's back. But, the dude has taken some scary KO's. Now would someone please teach him to move his feet and his head before he's out again but for concussions.

Arlovskis Chin site profile image  

1/14/14 7:42 AM by Arlovskis Chin

Great news for Struve

sockeye site profile image  

1/14/14 7:39 AM by sockeye

Crazy that they would clear someone with a leaking Aortic Valve. Best of luck to him though

Jody site profile image  

1/14/14 6:50 AM by Jody

Great to hear this about Struve.Looking forward to watching the Skyscraper fight again.

flipmode site profile image  

1/14/14 6:30 AM by flipmode

Just because his doctor said he is able to fight, doesn't mean the UFC doctors will want to take that risk.

Brown Balloon Knot site profile image  

1/14/14 2:35 AM by Brown Balloon Knot

Summed me up perfectly

CHiLLEN site profile image  

1/14/14 2:27 AM by CHiLLEN

Yes!! Great news!!

pegson123 site profile image  

1/14/14 2:23 AM by pegson123

I wouldn't put him in the cage if I was UFC. Could have a heart attack. Best to phase him out.