Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 on July 5


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Skyscraper @stefanstruve makes his return this summer! Struve faces @mattmitrione at #UFC175 in Las Vegas!

In August of last year, UFC heavyweight contender Stephan Struve was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart. The condition was congenital and had little effect on his performance, but at 25, his future in MMA was very much thrown into doubt.

"I honestly don't think he ever will [fight again]," UFC president Dana White at the time. "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 recommended medical course of action, taking medication for two months, and then reassessing. In October he was told he could return to training.

Last month his medical team cleared him to return to competition, and now the opponent has been named.

Struve is coming off a brutal KO loss to Mark Hunt, his only fight in 2013.

Mitrione too is coming off a KO loss, to Shawn Jordan at the TUF: China Finale on March 1.

UFC 175 is headlined by UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida on July 5th in Las Vegas, NV.

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catgobling site profile image  

5/8/14 12:07 PM by catgobling

i hope struve subs him with the lank

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

5/8/14 11:22 AM by SQUEEZIE

struve wins due to his height and reach. thats what makes you good rt.?

man meets fate site profile image  

5/8/14 11:07 AM by man meets fate

Well this will be the first fighter worth a damn that mitrione has a easy ko against...... I'll go with the trend that matt loses to any good fighter and gets submitted with ease by almost anyone

Yussarian site profile image  

5/8/14 10:27 AM by Yussarian

Glad to see Struve back. Classy fighter, fun to watch.

-D0DG3R D0GG13- site profile image  

5/8/14 10:26 AM by -D0DG3R D0GG13-

Hell yeah. A little worried about Struve after such a long lay off but still man WAR THE SKYCRAPAAAAAA!!!!

knee smash site profile image  

5/8/14 10:01 AM by knee smash

easy KO for Mitrione

One&Done site profile image  

5/8/14 9:39 AM by One&Done

Losing so soundly to Schaub really turned me off to Mitrione’s potential. You get run over by the 14th ranked HW like you didn’t belong in the same arena, there has to be some concern there. Struve’s got this easy

Ramon Maroni site profile image  

5/8/14 9:31 AM by Ramon Maroni

nice looking card

RJJH site profile image  

5/8/14 9:29 AM by RJJH

this!! I like both fighters but WAR STRUVE!!!

BooZe site profile image  

5/8/14 9:06 AM by BooZe

Actually it's not what he was diagnosed with...