Stefan Struve announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts. The heavyweight mentioned that it was his time after a social media post early Monday morning. The decision came after careful considerations of his family and overall health.
As the tallest heavyweight to compete in the UFC, Struve leaves behind a storied career. In fact, the 32-year old started in the promotion back in 2009, where he would endure a tough loss to a young Junior dos Santos in his debut. Following the adversity, Struve went on to collect a nice three-fight win streak. While his time in the UFC was long, he netted some great wins but also had his fair amount of struggle. The Netherlands-native always presented a very unique challenge for the opponent.
Stefan Struve Says Bye For Good
Struve leaves with no hard feelings but a lot of damage absorbed throughout his legendary career. The near 7-foot heavyweight reiterated his intentions,
“At this juncture, I realize it’s time to hang up the gloves for good and put my health and family first. I’ve had a long career and have battled through multiple injuries and health conditions, including a broken jaw and a heart condition.” Struve said.
It would seem after his bout with Tai Tuivasa more health issues began to resurface. Despite the hardships, Struve tried to bite down and endure them. At this point, however, it would seem taking a step back is best for his family which ultimately matters the most.
In the end, the “Skyscraper” secured wins over some very great fighters, including the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic. Additionally, Struve earned victories over legends like Antônio Nogueira and Antônio “Bigfoot” Silva. Fans may never see a heavyweight as tall as he is competing again, and he has an 84.5″ (215cm) to boot. Either way, every fight he’s had has been an all-action classic and those highlights will live on indefinitely.
AllAccessMMA staff wish Stefan Struve a wonderful retirement!