Stefan Struve returns to full-contact training just six weeks after jaw surgery

Copyright: Martin McNeil

UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve suffered a broken jaw last month in Japan, thanks to the Samoan fists of Mark Hunt. Now, six weeks after his date with a titanium plate, "The Skyscraper" is back in the gym for full-contact training.

Too soon?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Stefan Struve suffered a dislodged tooth and a broken jaw when he was knocked out by Mark Hunt on the main card of UFC on FUEL TV 8, which took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, back on March 3, 2013.

See the pic here.

But don't expect a little thing like that to keep him from getting punched in the face.

Following his collapse at the hands of the "Super Samoan" (watch it again here), "Skyscraper" underwent surgery, which required a titanium plate to repair. Struve immediately promised to return in "four-to-five months" and asked for a "top contender."

Outspoken fight physician Johnny Benjamin, on the other hand, recommended retirement.

That's because the 25 year-old Dutchman has 13 fights inside the Octagon and 31 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts overall. Five of his six losses have come by way of knockout or technical knockout, including his most recent finish to Hunt.

The big question now is, how will his new jaw hold up when it gets tagged by some of the heavy hitters in the 265-pound division?


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