The UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve announced his retirement on Monday, citing the inner ear infection. He posted the retirement decision on his Twitter account. The announcement came out after he was contacted by the UFC official last week about a fight. However, Struve denied the UFC’s offer and decided to mark an end to his present sporting career in the realm of UFC.
In his tweet, Struve wrote, “What’s up everyone. I got an announcement to make today. It was a little too long so I had to improvise, you can read more in the attachement. I have decided to retire from professional fighting. Thank you all for the support.”
What’s up everyone. I got an announcement to make today. It was a little too long so I had to improvise, you can read more in the attachement. I have decided to retire from professional fighting. Thank you all for the support 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/z2eZAALUoP
— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) February 15, 2021
He also added few images in that tweet containing a detailed transcript about the retirement.
Stefan Struve revealed that he has been fighting with inner ear issues, and that’s the prime reason behind his decision. “I caught a viral infection that has damaged my vestibular system and the hearing nerve in my right ear,” wrote Struve.
Further, he also wrote that he has been suffering from “major vertigo” issues that lead to hearing loss and tinnitus. However, while the symptoms subsided, it was expected that Struve would recover fully.
Struve said he was experiencing all the mentioned issues prior to his October 2020s fight. He also added that the last fight aggravated the “major vertigo” issues further. After the fight, Struve had numerous tests, and the doctor announced that the injury to his inner ear was likely everlasting. Because of the sickness, he can’t put his body through the “extreme intensity” in the training camp.
“At this juncture, I realise that it’s time to hang up the gloves for good, and put my health and family first,” wrote Struve. “I’ve had a long career and have battle through multiple injuries and health conditions, including a broken jaw and the heart condition. Pushing forward and training hard and fighting without listening to my body would be asking for real trouble in my opinion.”
“I am truly appreciative of the career and treatment that I’ve had with the UFC. Everybody in the organisation has always been amazing to me, so it is bittersweet to retire, but I also look forward to what the future holds for me and starting something new. I have to put my health first now, especially now I’m father”.
Struve thanked all his coaches, manager, training partners, and fans at the end of his statement. For the fans, he wrote, “To the fight-fans, even though sometimes I had to dig really deep I had a lot of fun over the years, it was a honor to fight for you.”
Carried brief of Stefan Struve
Struve started his professional career on the Dutch regional scene in 2005 at the age of 17. However, he got the US debut the following year in a World Extreme Fighting competition, which was a victory for him.
Next, Struve fought throughout Europe and earned a 16-2 record that got him an offer from UFC. Struve accepted the offer and signed a contract with UFC. In 2009, he fought the first UFC match against Junior dos Santos. However, Stefan Struve lost that fight but won the next three fights against Denis Stojnic (submission), Chase Gormley (submission), and Paul Buentello (decision).
Later, Roy Nelson halted Struve’s winning streak in 2010. However, he did not stay winless for a long time. A few months later, he fought a couple of fights and won both of them.
In 2011 UFC arranged a UFC 130 fight between Stefan Struve and Travis Browne, which was a loss for Struve. After that loss, Struve had a peak in his career and won four big bouts against several champions. His big win came in in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV against Miocic in September 2012. After that, Struve experienced the most iconic eight years, though he had a few devastating losses too.
In 2017, Struve lost several fights, and that was an upsetting year for him. Nevertheless, following three years, he had a few difficulties. But yesterday’s announcement has shocked the fans as the statement came out with no prior notice.
Stefan Struve is retiring with a 29-13 pro record. Out of 29 wins, eight of those wins came from knockout and 18 form submissions. At 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Struve is the tallest fighter in the UFC history and nicknamed “Skyscraper.”