UFC heavyweight contender Stefan Struve (25-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) has been given medical clearance to return to action after a rare heart condition put his promising career in jeopardy.
“I’m just working on the last details with the UFC right now for my clearance,” he told USA Today sports. “They’ve got everything — my doctor’s letter and medical files. Everything is there and we’re just waiting on the UFC to do their thing.”
The 26-year-old Dutchman was diagnosed in August with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart.
“The chamber where the aortic valve is connected is the left chamber or your heart and that chamber was a lot bigger than it was supposed to be,” he said. “A lot of that was (due to) high-blood pressure but (they’ve) treated me for it with blood-pressure medicine and it got smaller. Because of that, the opening where the valve is got smaller too.”