The injury was first reported by Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate, then later confirmed by prominent MMA journalist Ariel Helwani on Thursday. A representative of Struve mentioned shoulder surgery and spoke to news platform mmafighting.com:
“[Struve] is having surgery tomorrow morning to repair an injury to his shoulder… He is very disappointed and looks forward to returning to competition as soon as possible. Thanks to all his fans for their ongoing support and he apologizes to Junior Dos Santos that they are not able to fight in February, but he looks forward to that fight in future.”
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Bad news folks. Unfortunately I won't be able to fight in Halifax february 19, I'll be undergoing surgery to fix a torn labrum in my left shoulder tomorrow afternoon. Docter said I will be on the sideline about 4 months, and of course I'm gonna be doing my best to make it back asap. I apologize to the fans, especially the people who bought tix for the fight in Halifax, and of course the person I was scheduled to fight @junior_cigano . It's the very first time I have to pull out of a fight because of an injury and it hurts my heart to do it. I'll keep you guys up to date about the surgery tomorrow and the rehab the next couple months. As always thank you for the support!
A late step-in would look to capitalise on the situation facing Dos Santos, who is currently ranked No.4 in the Heavyweight division and a win over him would only benefit those involved.
Dos Santos who has alternated between wins and losses in his last six bouts would be looking to advance his title contention after most recently beating top contender and veteran Ben Rothwell (36-10) in a hard-fought unanimous decision victory last April.
Who would you like to see serve as a replacement and face former Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos?
The current UFC Fight Night 105 card is as follows.
- Junior dos Santos vs. TBA
- Elias Theodorou vs. Cezar Ferreira
- Thiago Santos vs. Jack Marshman
- Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos
- Alvaro Herrera vs. Alessandro Ricci
- Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Nordine Taleb
- Reginaldo Vieira vs. Aiemann Zahabi