Stefan Struve (UFC): 'it’s time to retire from fighting, it was a honor to fight for you!'
'What’s up everyone? I hope you are all doing well in these crazy times. I wanted to make an announcement before the news came out a different way.
I was contacted by the UFC last week for a fight. However, I’ve decided it’s time to retire from fighting. I was able to take my space and time the last couple of months to overthink this, so this time it really is for good. I’ve had an inner ear issue that I’ve been battling since may last year. I caught a viral infection that has damaged my vestibular system and the hearing nerve in my right ear. After new tests done recently we learned that the vestibular system is not working properly, the first conclusion in may was that it was most likely BPPV. Because of this I have been dealing with major vertigo issues and also loss of hearing and tinnitus, a ringing noise in my ear.
After I caught it in may things got a lot better, after a couple rough weeks at first. I was doing good although still experiencing some vertigo and other minor issues but my idea was, especially with the doctors telling me the issues would go away after a while, to just keep going and ignore it until it really was gone completely. Unfortunately during the fight some of the issues came back after getting hit flush on the right ear, it was a punch that should not be an issue normally. After that fight I was having more issues again and the doctors scheduled new tests. Those, unfortunately for me, took a long time to happen because of the lockdown over here in the Netherlands. After these tests I was told the damage in the ear and the vestibular issues caused by the viral infection I’d been dealing with are most likely permanent.
I have no big issues when I’m just doing my everyday things and or training on a normal level, to be healthy and in shape. The extreme intensity I have to put my body through in trainingcamp to get ready for fights I can’t do anymore though. At this juncture, I realize that 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 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 that I’m a father to my 5 month old son Tobi, whit whom his mom and I have been able to spend all the time in the world recently, which I’m very thankful for. I want to thank all my coaches, my manager, trainingpartners and everybody else who has been part of my career throughout these years. To all the fightfans, even tough sometimes I had to dig really deep I had a lot of fun over the years, it was a honor to fight for you. 🙏🏻❤️ '