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Stefan Struve’s aortic valve leakage has gone from medium severe to minimal!

So sayeth Struve’s twitter. He’s still probably a long way from getting approved to fight by any commissions, but the update Struve’s manager provided sounds pretty positive too:

“Stefan Struve recently had a follow-up visit with his doctors to determine the efficacy of the treatment protocol he had been prescribed.

During his visit, the doctors informed Stefan that the leakage back into his heart has been greatly reduced.

Additionally, his heart is not as enlarged as it was, but since it is still enlarged, they are attributing it to a condition called ‘Sport Heart’ or ‘Athletic Heart Syndrome,’ which is fairly common in athletes who train rigorously for more than one hour per day and is generally considered benign.

Stefan’s doctors have cleared him to return to training so they can evaluate how he responds over the next several months.

No word on what these doctors will have to say for Struve to be considered fighting fit for the UFC. It could be any sort of known heart issue like this – he has two cusps going into his aortic valve instead of three – is an instant disqualifier from getting sanctioned in combat sports. Simply ‘attributing’ his enlarged heart to the fairly common Athletic Heart Syndrome also sounds overly positive.

Believing everything coming out of a fighter’s camp regarding recovery can be difficult when you know how insistent they are that they will return by hell or high water. Every positive sign is magnified 100 times while any medical opinion he cannot fight again will be dismissed as naysaying. We’ve just witnessed Michael Bisping nearly going blind while trying to convince the UFC he could still fight in Manchester. Fighters aren’t always the best arbitrators of what’s best for their long term health.


The UFC is back in Brazil for another Wednesday Night Fight on FOX Sports 1 and we’ll be running a Fightlinker chat for it! This sucker is on early so as not to push the start of TUF back too late, so come join us at 5PM EST for all the essential shit talking and Brazilian racism we’re famous for.

The Main Card on FOX Sports 1 (7PM EST)

  • Demian Maia vs Jake Shields
  • Dong Hyun Kim vs Erick Silva
  • Matt Hamill vs Thiago Silva
  • Joey Beltran vs Fabio Maldonado
  • Rousimar Palhares vs Mike Pierce
  • Raphael Assuncao vs T.J. Dillashaw

Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (5PM EST)

  • Igor Araujo vs Ildemar Alcantara
  • Yan Cabral vs David Mitchell
  • Chris Cariaso vs Iliarde Santos
  • Alan Patrick vs Garett Whiteley
Matt Brown sez “Thanks, Obama.”

Although I’ve never met one of these people in real life, America is apparently full of people who blame Obama for this current government shutdown. And while I haven’t heard many of these people complain about the programs for needy mothers and children that have shut down, you know they’re pissed off about war monuments and vacation spots being shuttered. Oh, and The Troops not getting sports coverage. Matt Brown takes El Blacko Presidente to task for this:

“I have the highest respect for our soldiers and wish all the best for them. Apparently, Obama thinks differently. Our soldiers should be treated with respect and should not be subject to the downfalls of the American political system. It’s very disheartening to hear that our soldiers are suffering even more than usual because our politicians can not agree on anything. The last people that should suffer is them. Again, Obama thinks differently. I wish the troops the best and hope I can make a difference in getting some entertainment back to them.”

Brown had a message for Obama and his administration: “I would tell the president that he needs a reality check. He should go serve for a year in the Middle East and see firsthand what it is like to be there. Obviously, he has no clue and no empathy for these men and women.”

I can only assume this is Matt slowly ramping up on some smack talk before inevitably challenging / threatening Barack Obama, Jacob Volkmann style.

Fighters are all over twitter like fat kids on cake, so will they end up using videoclip sharing platforms like Vine and Instagram Video in similar numbers? I dunno, but this clip from Urijah Faber of Chad Mendez showing off some serious push up swagger makes me hope so. This seems like something Pat Barry was born to use…


Get with it Barry, the Youtubes are for grandpas.

We’ve seen fighters run out of the cage both when they’ve lost (Forrest Griffin) and won (Jose Aldo, Fo-Griff again), but either way, they usually at least wait until the fight’s over before taking off.  But in Brazil last weekend, Claudinei “Kall” Angelo (now 4-5) decided “fuck this, I’m outta here” right in the middle of his bout with Evilasio “Puma” Silva (now 8-12) at JF Fight Evolution.  MMAFighting gives us some context:

Angelo was controlling the action when Angelo’s mouthpiece fell on the mat. Flavio Almendra stopped the bout and asked Angelo to get back his mouthpiece. It happened again, and Almendra stopped the bout once again.

When Angelo clearly spat his mouthpiece to recover from the punches, the referee refused to stop the fight. Angelo went on and asked for a “time out”. Silva and Almendra didn’t understood what he was asking for, but Angelo decided to quit. The door was locked, so his only way out was jumping off the fence and leaving the arena.

I was going to say that Angelo can now add “DQ (Rage Quit)” to his increasingly poor record, but I think it was less about anger than about him simply losing all will to fight.  Regardless, this ranks right up there with such noble defeats as Nick Serra’s “DQ (Wouldn’t Get Up From Butt Scoot)”, Mestre Hulk’s “DQ (Crawling out of the Ring)”, and Joe Son’s “Submission (Terror)”.  Stand proud, Angelo!

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