Stefan Struve's Manager Says Struve Will Be Back in the Octagon
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.14.2014
Sooner rather than later...
Stefan Struve's manager Lex McMahon appeared on the MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting and discussed Struve's eventual return to the UFC. Check out the highlights:
On Struve's return: "I've subsequently spoken with Dana [White] several times and his question has been ‘Does Stefan want to fight?' I've spent a fair amount of time with Stefan since the canceled bout, and his response was 100 percent, he definitely wants to fight.'"
On his fainting spell at UFC 175: "He had essentially what boiled down to a panic attack. 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, it was more the psychological response which created the physical manifestation of him fainting."
On planning out Struve's return: "We'll work with the UFC maybe to map out an approach which doesn't put so much pressure on him for his first bout back he was on one of biggest cards of year for a featured bout. I think people take for granted how incredibly, how much pressure is associated with that, from the media responsibilities, to realizing you're being seen by millions of people, it was a lot for that young man."
On when he might be back: "My guess is you'll see him sooner than later. Dana's been super supportive of that and he's kind of left it up to us to figure out what the timeline to be. We'll have something Stefan pretty soon."