Just a reminder to all those fighters out there: get yo paper as fast as you can because you never know what the future may hold. Dan Hardy found this out the hard way with his wolf heart and now Stefan Struve may also have career ending heart issues. Originally reported upon a few weeks ago, Dana White has confirmed Struve’s leaking aortic valve is as serious as it sounds and could very well end his career:
When asked on Wednesday if he thought Struve would ever fight again, here’s what White told 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes:
“Yeah, what he has is a serious condition, you know, and I honestly don’t think he ever will,” White said.
“He’s got a rip in his heart,” he explained. “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.”
Now Dana White has never been one to shy away from speculating on career ending ailments, but in this case he could very well be right. An enlarged heart with a rip in it is serious business, and while you can probably fix the leak, the entire heart sounds like it’s just as freaky as Struve himself. Big guys often have big heart problems too, and if this is something genetic there’s probably not a lot that can be done. On the upside, Struve is so young that he could take several years off to do whatever he has to do and still come back and have a decent career.
That’s assuming a doctor would ever clear him again. Or that the sport wouldn’t pass him by. Struve was already hanging onto his UFC career more because of his size and spunk than any real contendership abilities. With the talent pool in the UFC steadily going up, I don’t see him doing so well unless the extra years add some Semmy Schilt style beef to his beanpole physique.