UFC 175 Video: Matt Mitrione and Stefan Struve on cancellation - 'As a sport, I think we dodged a bullet'

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Matt Mitrione and Stefan Struve spoke about the last minute cancellation of their UFC 175 heavyweight bout.

Just as the UFC 175 card was rolling, officials had to cancel the heavyweight bout between Matt Mitrione and Stefan Struve at the last minute due to a 'near fainting' episode from the Dutch fighter. All signs point to Struve being okay, but the UFC and its medical staff had to exercise caution and prevent them from competing.

Dana White has said that the two heavyweights will still receive both their win and show money, and Mitrione will look to be slotted for an upcoming card soon.

According to Struve he collapsed in the locker room while warming up, and he issued a statement to MMA Fighting:

"Tonight, during my warm up prior to my scheduled fight with Matt Mitrione at UFC 175, I began experiencing discomfort and anxiety. However, given my extended layoff as a result of my recent medical issues and the passing of my father, I dismissed my physical and emotional feelings as nothing more than nervousness. Unfortunately, as my warm up progressed, I collapsed in the locker room. After consulting the UFC and the doctors, the determination was made that in an abundance of caution I should not be allowed to compete.

"...I will take some time to myself to evaluate my health and career. Thank you for your support and understanding."

His opponent also addressed the situation when he spoke to Fox Sports:

"I'm so glad it didn't happen out there (in the Octagon). That's like my primary thought. That could've gotten so much worse and so much quicker. As a sport, I think we really dodged a bullet for sure."

"Hopefully when someone falls out (of a future card), I'm next in line. I'm already in damn good shape."

Watch the entire video from Mitrione below:

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