UFC Heavyweight, Stefan Struve has been out of action for over a year due to an enlarged heart and bicuspid aortic valve. Struve has continually stated that he wants to return to action, and yesterday on the MMA Hour, his manager Lex McMahon made it seem like a real possibility:
I think we’re very close. Very exciting news with Stefan, he was actually cleared by his doctor in the Netherlands.
Right now we’re just waiting for a copy of his file to be translated so that the UFC can have their doctor take a look at it, and they’re going to determine whether or not to have Stefan get a second opinion or now. If they do bring him out for a second opinion, that would likely be out in Los Angeles with the UFC’s cardiologist that they use frequently. I believe they sent Dan Hardy to him and a few other folks.
Before MMA fans get excited about Struve’s potential return, Struve pointed out on Twitter that there are still a few things to get taken care of:
Reading lots that I'm already cleared. My doc in Holland cleared me but still a couple last things to take care off, so fingers crossed..
— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) April 8, 2014
McMahon discussed how helpful the UFC has been during this process:
The UFC has been great. They’re very anxious to get Stefan back in the Octagon. I’ve had a lot of conversations with Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Joe Silva and Dr. Davidson about Stefan. They’ve been extremely supportive and we’re all appreciative of that.
But I think we’re close. If I had to guess, we don’t have an opponent yet, we don’t have even a date yet, but I do believe you’ll see Stefan back, probably during the summer is my guess, just given where [the UFC is] in trying to make cards.
With the UFC making it’s way to Dublin on July 19th, that may be the perfect card for Struve’s return.