Stefan Struve has been forced to withdraw from the UFC Fight Night 105 main event against Junior dos Santos due to a shoulder injury, according to a report from Brazilian outlet Combate on Thursday.
The UFC has not formally announced Struve’s exit from the heavyweight bout. UFC Fight Night 105 takes place at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Feb. 19 and the main card will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Struve squared off with dos Santos in his Octagon debut at UFC 95, losing via technical knockout 54 seconds into the opening stanza of their February 2009 encounter. The 28-year-old Dutchman has won his last two fights, besting Daniel Omielanczuk via submission at UFC 204 and stopping Antonio Silva via 16-second KO at UFC Fight Night 87.
Dos Santos, a former heavyweight champion, last appeared at UFC Fight Night 86 last April, when he captured a dominant five-round verdict over Ben Rothwell in the card’s main event.