Stefan Struve Sidelined With Enlarged Heart And Leaking Aorta Valve

Sad news has broken today, as we learn that Dutch UFC Heavyweight Stefan Struve has been diagnosed with a heart condition. The illness, a leaking aortic valve, looks like it will have a huge effect on his fighting career.

As well as the leaking valve, Struve is undergoing treatment for an enlarged heart and has been hospitalised for a week for the condition. He released the following statement regarding the situation through his manager:

“Stefan loves the UFC and plans on being involved with company as a fighter and ambassador for years to come. Stefan wants to thank all the fans who have supported him thus far in his career as well as the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, Joe Silva, Dr. Jeff Davidson, the entire staff of the UFC, and his fellow fighters for affording him the opportunity to compete on the biggest stage of the sport of MMA, as well as a tremendous degree of support during this trying time. In particular Stefan wants to thank Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita and Joe Silva for immediately getting engaged with this issue and providing Stefan access to the best possible medical care.”

So an uncertain future for Struve, who last fought against Mark Hunt in March. The Super Samoan ended Struve’s four fight win streak. Struve isn’t letting the condition get in the way of his future plans though.

“Stefan fully appreciates the significance of the condition he has been diagnosed with, however, he is optimistic about the eventual outcome and fully plans on living a long, healthy, active, happy life and eventually returning to competition in the octagon for his quest to become the UFC heavyweight champion.”

Best of luck to you Stefan, from everybody here at Lowkick.



  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jamie-Kennedy/ Jamie Kennedy

    That's pretty bad. Wish him the best.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mike-Drahota/ Mike Drahota

    Yeah man, rough new for Struve. He's alway been a fighter who lays it all out there. First the doctor's recommendation to quit after the KO loss to Hunt, and now this. Brutal.

    Hope he can return to the Octagon but if it's threatening his health he should quit now. Bet of luck to him either way.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mike-Drahota/ Mike Drahota

    Yeah man, rough news for Struve. He's alway been a fighter who lays it all out there. First the doctor's recommendation to quit after the KO loss to Hunt, and now this. Brutal.

    Hope he can return to the Octagon but if it's threatening his health he should quit now. Best of luck to him either way.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ivy/ Ivy

    Put your health before fighting kid. Might be time to hang up the gloves.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Dropkickmurphy/ dropkickmurphy

    If there is one fighter I would accuse of having a huge heart, it is Struve. So many exciting come from behind finishes. I hope the very best for him in whatever capacity he can safely be in. A pleasure to watch and fighter that needs to prove nothing to anyone.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cranestyle/ cranestyle

      Well said.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Odesahitman/ odesahitman

      Dropkickmurphy,

      You are right Stefan does have a huge heart which is why he is in hospital.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cranestyle/ cranestyle

    That is a horrible thing to happen to anyone, but even worse for a kid with such promise.

    It would be great to see Stefan makes it back into the Octagon, but more than anything, I hope they fix this.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/IChokePeople/ IChokePeople

    Wow. I don't have words for how much this *****. I really hope he makes a full and speedy recovery from this.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Enjoylife321/ enjoylife321

    Dan Hardy is also having a heart issue. This is the most serious condition any fighter can have…A fighter can fight hrough a groin strain or hamstring, they can fight through a broken nose but they are at serious risk of death if someone starts throwing vicious body shots coupled with the exertion and adrenalin…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Brian-Cox/ Brian Cox

    Sad news to hear, indeed.

    On all things like this, as with Mark Hunt, get well. Fighting is nothing in the big scheme of things and what matters most, is that you are healthy and there for your family, as your family is there for you in trying times.

    God love 'em. He's done some amazing things in the ring, but all that matters is that he gets well.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Vic/ Vic

    Thats really sad news! Such a young age and so many fights on his record… How many times did we hear Joe Rogan say that "This kid has a lot of potential."

    I hope the medication will help so we can see him back again soon!