UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve may have seen his hopes of a title-shot in 2013 go up in smoke last weekend after suffering a knockout to Mark Hunt at UFC on Fuel 8 but it appears the seven-foot scrapper was at least able to retain his sense of humor. The 25-year old spoke about the performance, as well as the fallout from it, in a series of Tweets where his spirits seemed high despite the defeat.
Struve was sent crashing down to the canvas in the third round of his co-headlining clash with Hunt, initially appearing as though he could continue before action was ultimately waved off by referee Herb Dean. Fans later learned Struve suffered a broken jaw in the bout, prompting Dean’s stoppage, and the “Skyscraper” confirmed the matter while also providing a scan of the damage.
“Thanks for the support everybody. I wanted Herb to take the tooth out of my cheek and continue but then it turned out my jaw was broken,” wrote Struve after the fight. “45 minutes to the hospital without painkillers. Man, please choke me out. Jaw is hurting like crazy.”
“Couldn’t bring the energy I normally can else I would have definitely moved away from those bombs. My legs felt like they were 300 pounds,” he added.
The 25-6 Struve went on to explain the medical staff in Japan wired his jaw shut, though the injury would require surgery later this week after he settles back in at home in Holland.
“Flyin home with a face like a balloon,” Struve joked.
No timetable on Struve’s return to the ring was mentioned. The stumble to Hunt snapped a four-fight run for the lanky Dutchman with all of the wins involving some form of finish.
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