Stefan Struve submitted Marcos Rogério de Lima with an arm triangle and earned a performance of the night bonus. After the fight Struve basically retired. Struve cited heart issues as being a main reason for his retirement.
Struve was coming off of a 3 fight losing streak. Struve’s fight with de Lima wasn’t without adversity. Struve was dropped to the canvas by a big punch within the first 15 seconds of the fight and was pounded on for the rest of the round. Struve has had many issues controlling range in his UFC career
Struve was always a very good fighter and even has TKO win over former champion Stipe Miocic. Struve has always been a great what if for me. Struve stands at 6’11 and never properly used his reach effectively in his whole career. Struve is 7 inches taller than de Lima and still managed to eat an hay maker from him that should have never landed. Struve’s career was also derailed by heart issue that he said was a main reason for his more than likely retirement. Struve holds a record of 13-9 in UFC and is only 31 years old.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Struve fight against Denis Stojnić at UFC 99. The fight ended with Struve submitting Stojnić in a pool of his own blood. It was a fight that would probably turn most people off because of the blood and violence, but for me it was just another fight that made me love the sport more than I already do. If this is the end I have to say that I always enjoyed Struve fight and wish him the best in a well-deserved retirement.