Stefan Struve's brother Nick got him into mixed martial arts at age 15.
The 6-foot-11 Dutchman also credits Nick for keeping him in the sport after he mangled an eye in his first pro fight two years later.
"I know my parents probably wouldn't have been OK with me turning pro at 17," Stefan Struve told FOXSports.com in advance of Saturday's UFC on Fuel TV 5. "My first pro fight didn't go really well. I tore something in my eye to the point where you couldn't even see my pupil. I couldn't see my parents allowing me (back in the ring) if I didn't have my brother backing me up."
Struve (28-5-0) actually won that first fight in his native Holland that night where Nick headlined. Now, Stefan is atop the card in Nottingham, England, against Stipe Miocic in a five-round heavyweight bout (coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET).
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