Stefan Struve competed in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Prague, defeating Marcos Rogerio De Lima by second round submission.
A victorious Struve would make the following announcement during a post-fight interview at the event, which the fighter announces a potential retirement (via MMA Fighting):
“This is something I’ve thought over a whole lot. I think everybody’s aware my heart is not 100 percent. When I made my comeback I told myself I would have about five years and I’ve been fighting a little longer since then. My heart is good, but there’s a very good opportunity that this is my last fight, so thank you very much. I took my gloves off. I’m not 100 percent sure yet, it’s not a decision I made right now. I lost my last three before this and to get a win like this, a lot of people end their careers too late. I’m gonna overthink it, so this is not 100 percent, but I feel this is a great moment so thank you all very much to all the fans. I love you. All my training partners, coaches that have been with me 16 years. Thank you all. I always came to fight. I got knocked out, survived, and then submitted him. That’s one hell of a way to go out. I’ve had my wars in here. I feel like I’m good. So many guys end it too late. This is great.”
Struve is thinking about hanging up the gloves so he can also pursue some opportunities outside of the Octagon.
“A whole life with lots of opportunity outside of fighting, which I can fully focus on right now,” he said after the event (via MMA Junkie). “I’m just going to be successful with something else.”
If Struve has indeed retired from professional MMA fighting, it would leave him with an overall professional MMA record of 29-11-0 and a UFC record of 13-9-0.