Stefan Struve hasn’t been cleared to return fighting due to an enlarged heart, but he’s been given positive news. His physicians had the Dutch fighter taking medications for the past two months in an attempt to resolve the problem. Struve’s manager Lex McMahon provided the following medical update.
“Doctors informed Stefan that the leakage back into his heart has been greatly reduced,” said McMahon to MMA Fighting. “Stefan’s doctors have cleared him to return to training so they can evaluate how he responds over the next several months. At this time the doctors are suggesting that he continue with the medicine and do not recommend surgery.”
The doctors are calling his diagnosis “Sport Heart,” which can happen to athletes who train rigorously for more than one hour per day.
Struve is 25-6 with all but one fight being finished. The heavyweight had his four consecutive win streak ended by Mark Hunt, who also broke Struve’s jaw in the process.