Stefan Struve Releases Statement on UFC 175 Fight Cancellation
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.06.2014
Struve explains what happened...
Last night, UFC heavyweight fighter Stefan Struve was scheduled to face Matt Mitrione for a main card bout at the UFC 175 PPV. Before the fight however, Struve apparently suffered a panic attack and collapsed in the locker room As a result, the fight was cancelled.
Struve later released an official statement on the cancellation of his fight:
Tonight, during my warm up prior to my scheduled fight with Matt Mitrione at UFC 175, I began experiencing discomfort and anxiety. However, given my extended layoff as a result of my recent medical issues and the passing of my father, I dismissed my physical and emotional feelings as nothing more than nervousness. Unfortunately, as my warm up progressed, I collapsed in the locker room. After consulting the UFC and the doctors, the determination was made that in an abundance of caution I should not be allowed to compete.
While, I am deeply disappointed that I was not able to perform for myself and the fans, I respect the decision and know that my health is the most important issue. I want to thank the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, Burt Watson, the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Dr. Jeff Davidson for putting my safety first and showing tremendous compassion and empathy in a difficult situation. I also want to apologize to Matt Mitrione, he spent long months preparing to compete and was not able to do so. I want to thank my team, coaches, management and family for their unwavering support. Finally, I want to thank the fans for being by my side and supporting me throughout my career. I will take some time to myself to evaluate my health and career. Thank you for your support and understanding.