Looks like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Stefan Struve is about to prove Dana White wrong.
That's because the promotion president said that "Skyscraper" would never fight again, after being diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and enlarged heart, which would not allow the 26-year-old Dutchman to be medically cleared for a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight.
Or so he thought.
Turns out Struve (25-6) recently got the green light from his personal physician after using heart medication to correct the issue, which will allow him to return to his combat sports career just as soon as the paperwork is finalized with UFC, according to a report from USA Today Sports.
"I'm just working on the last details with the UFC right now for my clearance. They've got everything: my doctor's letter, medical files and everything. Everything is there, and we're just waiting on the UFC to do their thing. I want to fight. I'm ready to go into a training camp. I can be ready in two or three months. I left a year behind me that was the most difficult year of my life, but now I'm here. I'm back, and I want to fight. I want to show that I'm one of the best heavyweights in the world. I really feel like I've got another shot at all of this and I'm better than I've ever been."
But let's not break out the party hats just yet.
Struve still has some work to do in order to get his career back on track. "Skyscraper" suffered a dislodged tooth and a broken jaw (pic) 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 in early 2013.
In addition, he's already been knocked out in four trips to the Octagon (five overall), which goes beyond the jacked jaw and husky heart, straight into pugilistic dementia territory. It's a hard conversation to have when dealing with a fighter this young, but the brain wasn't built to be used as a pinball.
If and when Struve does return to the cage, it will be interesting to see who UFC pairs him up with.