Stefan Struve pulled from UFC 175 after passing out prior to fight
JUL 05, 2014 10:29p ET
The heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve and Matt Mitrione has been cancelled and will not take place at UFC 175 on Saturday night.
UFC officials confirmed to FOX Sports that the fight has been called off after Struve blacked out in the back and was dealing with an elevated heart rate.
Shortly afterwards, the UFC issued an official statement addressing the issue further.
Stefan Struve suffered a non-life-threatening, near-fainting spell backstage. Afterwards, the medical team did not feel he was fit to compete. With his health and safety in mind, he’s been removed from the card and is currently under the care of the medical staff. We will provide further updates as they become available.
Struve was returning to the Octagon after more than a year off after it was discovered that he was suffering from a heart condition with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart. He sat out while taking medication to fix the problem, and got a clean bill of health to return to action a few months ago.
Once he was cleared, Struve booked his fight against Mitrione at UFC 175, but now this latest incident certainly brings up questions about whether he will be able to return again or not.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that Struve was dealing with heart palpitations and their belief is that he had a panic attack, but he was sent to a hospital immediately to be treated. With his existing heart condition, there's no doubt doctors will be running a battery of tests on the 7-foot Dutchman to verify what happened on Saturday night.
Expect more information on Struve's condition in the coming days after visiting with doctors and finding out the full brunt of the issues that caused him to black out just minutes before walking out at UFC 175.