By: Michelle Luce
The 26 year old Dutch heavy weight had been away from the octagon since August 2013. Struve was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart. After doctor’s cleared Struve, he was all set to make his much anticipated return to fight Matt Mitrone in July but it was quickly canceled right before the event when he had an elevated heart rate and nearly fainted back stage before the event. It was later said by Lex McMahon it was a panic attack and wasn’t heart related after all.
“He had essentially what boiled down to a panic attack,” McMahon said on The MMA Hour. “It manifested itself physically; he had a fainting episode backstage before his fight occurred. I don’t think he took full account of the emotions to step into the Octagon. I think he had some lingering questions about where health was even though he’d been cleared by specialist. All those things came together in a perfect storm and unfortunately it created a tremendous amount of anxiety, and it caused him to faint. … Stefan has already seen several doctors, the doctors have reiterated there is nothing physically wrong with him, and it was more the psychological response which created the physical manifestation of him fainting.”
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