Stefan Struve was scheduled to make his return to the UFC at UFC 175 last weekend, but unfortunately after suffering a fainting spell, was removed from the card. This would have been Struve's first bout back after a heart condition diagnosis that has kept him on the shelf since March of 2013.
Struve of course was anxious to return to action, and has manager told MMAFighting.com is he still 100% committed to return to the Octagon:
"I've subsequently spoken with Dana [White] several times and his question has been ‘Does Stefan want to fight?'" McMahon said. "I've spent a fair amount of time with Stefan since the canceled bout, and his response was 100 percent, he definitely wants to fight.'"
According to McMahon, the physical symptoms Struve experienced were unrelated to his heart condition.
"He had essentially what boiled down to a panic attack," McMahon said. "It manifested itself physically, he had a fainting episode backstage before his fight occurred. I don't think he took full account of the emotions to step into the Octagon. I think he had some lingering questions about where health was even though he'd been cleared by specialist. All those things came together in a perfect storm and unfortunately it created a tremendous amount of anxiety, and it caused him to faint. ... Stefan has already seen several doctors, the doctors have reiterated there is nothing physically wrong with him, it was more the psychological response which created the physical manifestation of him fainting."
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