Struve Injured, Out of Halifax Main Event
The UFC will be seeking a new main event for their Feb. 19 show in Halifax, Canada. Heavyweight Stefan Struve has suffered a shoulder injury and has been forced out of his rematch against Junior Dos Santos, which was expected to headline the event.
Struve confirmed initial reports of his injury in an Instagram post, where he revealed that he would be having surgery to repair a torn labrum.
"Bad news folks," Struve wrote. "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. Doctor 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 tixs (sic) for the fight in Halifax, and of course the person I was scheduled to fight [Junior Dos Santos]. 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 tdate about the surgery tomorrow and the rehab the next couple months. As always thank you for the support."
Struve (28-8) is on a two-fight winning streak, last defeating Daniel Omielanczuk by submission at UFC 204. His now-cancelled fight with Dos Santos was a rematch of a UFC 95 fight in 2009, which Dos Santos won in under a minute.
The UFC has not announced any plans for a replacement headliner.