Dana White doesn't think 'tough as nails' Stefan Struve will ever fight again due to heart issues

Martin McNeil, SBNation

UFC President Dana White is determined to assist Heavyweight contender Stefan Struve get through his lingering medical issues; however, he isn’t too optimistic when it comes to his mixed martial arts (MMA) future.

Stefan Struve recently declared that he is willing to do anything it takes to overcome his leaking aortic valve and enlarged heart to continue his quest to become Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion.

While no one can deny the tenacity and valor of "Skyscraper," his health is priority No. 1, which is the reason doctors have quickly prescribed him medication to alleviate pressure in his heart chamber in an effort to slow down the leakage.

The treatment reduces the chances of surgery, even though Struve says going under the knife will eventually happen.

UFC President Dana White recently spoke to 106.7 "The Fan's" Chad Dukes, revealing that, while he is a huge fan of Struve's and is doing everything possible to help him out, he doesn't envision the Heavyweight competing inside the Octagon again.

His words:

"Yea, what he has is a serious condition, you know, and I honestly don't think he ever will (fight again). He's got a rip in his heart. 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."

The 25-year old Struve has collected a respectable 26-5 record during his eight-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career, making his promotional debut at UFC 95 against former 265-pound champion Junior dos Santos.

Though he came up short to a then relatively unknown "Cigano," Struve went on to collect nine wins inside the eight-walled cage to go along with just three more losses to Mark Hunt, Travis Browne and Roy Nelson.

Impressive, considering the fact that he's been fighting at the highest level of the sport with a heart that "only works at 70 percent," according to the towering Dutchman.

Couple his recent diagnosis with the fact that the esteemed Dr. Johnny Benjamin recently suggested "Skyscraper" really consider retirement after getting knocked out in all four is his aforementioned UFC losses, and and his combat sports career looks gloomy.

But, he's not giving up without a fight.

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