Yet another UFC headlining bout has bit the dust. Heavyweights Stefan Struve and Junior dos Santos were set to meet in the main event of the promotion’s February 19th show in Halifax, but a Struve injury has forced him to withdraw from the bout. He took to Instagram to explain exactly what happened and when he’ll be back:
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!
The news was originally reported by Brazilian outlet Combate.
Struve (28-8, 12-6 UFC) originally met Dos Santos (18-4, 12-3 UFC) in the Dutch fighter’s UFC debut back in 2009, where JDS stopped him in the first round.
The promotion is looking for a replacement to fight Dos Santos in Halifax on short notice, which could be a big opportunity for someone. There haven’t been any rumors as to who might fill the spot, but Fabricio Werdum might be a worthwhile candidate. Werdum didn’t fight at UFC 207 due to Cain Velasquez not getting cleared, and has had strange things to say about JDS of late. The two men have had a long-running grudge, so why not settle the score in Nova Scotia?