Stefan (Skyscraper) Struve showed early on in his UFC career that he should never be counted out. Doug Gilmour Jersey . At UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, in June 2009, the six-foot-11 Dutch heavyweight was gushing blood out of his forehead after taking a string of hammer blows from Denis Stojnic while on his back in the first round. Stojnics forearm looked as if it had been dipped in blood. But a bloody Struve rallied in the second round to take Stojnics back and choke him out. The German crowd roared as Struve, his face a crimson mask and long torso tinged red from blood, rose in victory. "Thats one hell of a Band-Aid," UFC president Dana White said dryly, referring to a plaster the size of a cigarette package on Struves forehead at the post-fight news conference. Struves size -- he is the tallest fighter in UFC history and is tied for longest reach with light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones -- combined with slick kickboxing and submission skills have helped him rise up the heavyweight ranks while compiling a 9-4 record in the UFC. But his career appeared over last year when he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. Given the OK to resume fighting by his doctors in the Netherlands and the UFCs cardiologist, Struve (29-6) returns to the cage Saturday when he takes on Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 in Las Vegas. "It looks good," Struve, who divides his training between the Netherlands and Los Angeles. "I just need to do checkups two times a year with my doctors in Holland and two times a year with my doctors in LA. "Thats no problem for me. I actually like that I know for sure that my heart is healthy." Mitrione (7-3) is a former NFL defensive lineman who switched to MMA via Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality TV show in 2009. Struve, ranked 12th among heavyweight contenders, last fought in March 2013 when he suffered a broken jaw in a knockout loss to hard-hitting Mark Hunt in Japan. Struve says he had been sick for six weeks before the bout and was still under the weather during the fight. "I felt horrible." And he just couldnt recover after. "I just couldnt get over the jet lag. I couldnt sleep at night," he said. "I just didnt feel good and I didnt have any energy." He returned to full training some three months after the loss. Then one day at his parents house, he got dizzy standing up after working at the computer. He sat down and blacked out briefly, "which scared me because I had never had that." He went to the hospital, which couldnt find anything but asked him to come back for a stress ultrasound test which uses high frequency sound waves to examine the hearts anatomy and function. "Thats where they found it," he said. Struve was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve, as well an enlarged heart. It meant that his heart was only pumping 60 per cent of his blood into the aorta and then the rest of his body. The remaining 40 per cent was ending up back in the heart chamber. Doctors used medication to control his blood pressure and the demands on his heart. Struve says he will probably have to undergo surgery at some point but hopes to do it after his fighting career. "As it is right now, its getting better every day," he said. He kept training throughout, raising his regimen as his health improved. He also taught MMA, which he said he enjoyed immensely. "I just enjoy being healthy and living a good life," he said. "I love this sport." MMA takes a toll, however. While Struve puts on exciting fights, he has endured punishing knockouts losses at the hands of Junior Dos Santos, Roy (Big Country) Nelson, Travis Browne and Hunt. The big Dutchman says he feels a lot more energy these days. "And a lot more joy in life, if you want to say so, because if you feel tied all day long, youre just miserable." But Struve says he may have taken time off from fighting even if it hadnt had the heart scare. He had plenty on his mind. "This was by far the hardest year of my life," he added. "Not only because of this but my father passed away in October after being sick for a year and a half. And then there were some other things that happened close to me that really impacted me." Back training, his performance in the gym gives him confidence that ring rust wont be an issue Saturday night. While Struve says he has got on well with Mitrione in the past, he says its a "little strange" the American asked for the fight before he was cleared to compete again. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman defends his title against former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida -- ranked No. 3 among 185-pound contenders -- in the main event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Womens bantamweight title-holder (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey takes on No. 2 Alexis Davis, a native of Port Colborne, Ont., who fights out of San Jose, in the co-main event. Eric Fehr Jersey . The Canucks figured to be active prior to Wednesdays trade deadline, getting a jump on things the previous day when they dealt goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers for netminder Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias. Ben Smith Jersey . Hes had three top-10 results this season and feels ready to put it all together and finally hoist a trophy at the top level. http://www.officialleafsauthority.com/garret-sparks-maple-leafs-jersey-c-22/ . -- Terry Francona likened the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to a playoff game in October.DALLAS -- The new year has meant a new start for Jimmy Howard. Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Zetterberg, Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller scored in the first period goals for Detroit. Tomas Tatar added one in the second, and Zetterberg finished the scoring in the third. "When the clock struck midnight the other night to end 2013, I put everything behind me," Howard said. "I just said, Heres a new clean slate and lets start fresh, and Ive been trying to do that." In the first three months of the season, Howard had a 6-9-7 record. Hes now 1-0-1 in 2014, with only three goals allowed in 125 minutes. "Its been a while since Ive had a game like this for the guys," Howard said. "They deserve a lot of them out of me so this is going to be the first of many for me down the stretch." Dallas outshot the Red Wings 45-27, but also gave the puck away 17 times -- compared to four by the Red Wings. Dallas also went 0 for 7 on the power play. "It wasnt pretty by any means but we found a way," Howard said. "We capitalized on our chances here tonight and our captain (Zetterberg) was good tonight, too." The Stars had a 20-13 advantage on shots in the first period, but trailed 3-1. They had the games first 12 shots, but Zetterberg scored the first goal on the Red Wings first shot at 7:04. After Gustav Nyquist whiffed on a shot, Dallas goalie Dan Ellis tried to clear the puck. It went out to Zetterberg, who didnt miss his shot. "When Zetterberg got on the board, I thought we got it going," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Zetterberg has 14 goals this season, including three goals and three assists in four games since returning from a back injury. Dallas tied it on Rich Peverleys short-handed goal with 7:13 left in the period. He shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past both Shawn Horcoffs screen and Howard. "Howard made some real good saves," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "There was a couple that I thought we could have had better traffic in front of him. We missed the net on some. "We would play well, be down in their end and then give up the puck and theyd go down and score." Detroits Justin Abdelkader missed a penalty shot with 5:58 left, skating to the left of the net and trying tto tuck the puck behind Ellis, but the goalie smothered it with his pads. Andreas Borgman Jersey. . Andersson put the Red Wings back ahead for good lead with a shot from the right circle over Ellis right shoulder with 1:55 to go in the first. Just 14 seconds later, Miller scored from a scramble in front. Dallas appeared to have a goal midway through the second period. Howard stopped Peverleys backhand shot but the puck came loose across the goal line after Peverley took another swipe at it. The play was ruled no goal. "It was a turning point, but at the same time, weve still got to fight through things," Peverley said. "We could have done a better job regrouping." The Red Wings took a 4-1 lead with 8:03 left in the second as Tatar split defenders at the blue line for a breakaway and his backhand went off Kari Lehtonen, who had replaced Ellis to begin the period, and into the net for an unassisted goal. "They had a lot of odd-man rushes," Horcoff said. "It wasnt the type of game we want to play. We want to be quick in transition, but we cant be giving away pucks like that. We cant be giving up quality shots. "A lot of our shots tonight were from the outside. We didnt get a lot of good second shots." The Stars had nothing to show for a period during which they had a 15-5 advantage in shots and three power plays. Zetterberg took a pass from Dan Cleary and one-timed the puck past Lehtonen from the left circle with 7:21 remaining. Dallas lost its second consecutive game, both at home, by a combined score of 11-5. NOTES: The Red Wings entered the game with the NHLs third-best road record, and improved to 13-4-3. ... 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