Mads Burnell (born March 6, 1994) is a Danish mixed martial artist who competes in featherweight division of Bellator MMA. Professional mixed martial artist since 2013, Burnell has also competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Cage Warriors, where he was a Featherweight champion.[6] He was the European Championship (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) European No-Gi Champion in 2014.[5]

Mads Burnell
Mads Burnell
BornMads Zerahn Burnell
(1994-03-06) March 6, 1994 (age 30)
Husum, Denmark[1]
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight66 kg (146 lb; 10 st 6 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight
Reach69 in (175 cm)[2]
StyleBrazilian jiu-jitsu
Fighting out ofCopenhagen, Denmark
TeamArte Suave Copenhagen
Xtreme Couture[3]
TrainerNikolai Koubti[4]
Rank1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Chris Haueter[5]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total24
Wins18
By knockout1
By submission9
By decision8
Losses6
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Burnell started his professional MMA career in 2013 and won his first five bouts and met his first defeat when he faced Ott Tonissaar at Octagon Athletes 2. He fought all this fights in Northern Europe and amassed a record of 8–1 prior joining UFC.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Burnell made his promotional debut on September 2, 2017, facing Michel Prazeres, replacing Islam Makhachev at UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve.[8]"[9] At the weigh ins, Prazeres missed the lightweight limit of 156 pounds, coming in at 159 pounds. As a result the bout was changed to a catchweight and Prazeres was fined 20% of his purse.[10] He lost the fight via submission due to a north-south choke in the third round.[11]

His second fight came against Mike Santiago on January 14, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

On May 27, 2018, Burnell faced Arnold Allen at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till.[14] After dominating most of the fight, he was caught in a front naked choke in the third round and lost the fight.[15][16]

On September 7, 2018, Burnell was released from UFC.[17]

Cage Warriors edit

On September 7, 2018, news surfaced that Burnell had signed a contract with Cage Warriors.[6] Burnell made his promotional debut against Lukasz Rajewski at Cage Warriors 99 on November 17, 2018.[18] After weathering the early storm from Rajewski, Burnell took the fight to the ground and finished the fight via rear-naked choke in the first round.[19]

Burnell challenged Dean Trueman for the Cage Warriors featherweight title at Cage Warriors 106 on June 29, 2019.[20] Burnell submitted Trueman by japanese necktie in the second round and captured the featherweight championship.[21]

Burnell was expected to make his first title defense against Steve Aimable at Cage Warriors London on November 22, 2019.[22] However, Aimable could not make championship weight and the fight was changed to non-title bout.[23] Burnell won the fight via unanimous decision.

Bellator MMA edit

On August 4, 2020, news surfaced that Burnell had signed a contract with Bellator.[24]

Burnell made his debut on October 10, 2020, at Bellator 248. He faced Darko Banovic and won the fight via TKO in the first round.[25]

Burnell was scheduled to face The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber standout Saul Rogers on April 2, 2021, at Bellator 255.[26] However, the bout was cancelled due to visa issues.[27] It eventually took place on April 16, 2021, at Bellator 257.[28] Burnell won the bout via second round rear-naked choke.[29]

Burnell faced Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 263 on July 31, 2021.[30] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[31]

On September 22, 2021, it was announced that Burnell had signed a new, multi-fight contract with Bellator.[32]

Burnell headlined against Ádám Borics on March 12, 2022, at Bellator 276.[33] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[34]

Burnell faced Pedro Carvalho on September 23, 2022, at Bellator 285.[35] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[36]

Burnell faced Justin Gonzales on April 22, 2023 at Bellator 295.[37] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[38]

Burnell faced Daniel Weichel on September 23, 2023 at Bellator 299.[39] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[40]

PFL edit

Moving up to LW, Burnell started the 2024 season with a bout against Michael Dufort on April 12, 2024 at PFL 2.[41] He lost the fight due to a guillotine choke submission.[42]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

Grappling edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 18 wins 6 losses
By knockout 1 1
By submission 9 3
By decision 8 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–6 Michael Dufort Submission (guillotine choke) PFL 2 (2024) April 12, 2024 2 1:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Lightweight.
Win 18–5 Daniel Weichel Decision (unanimous) Bellator 299 September 23, 2023 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 17–5 Justin Gonzales Decision (unanimous) Bellator 295 April 22, 2023 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 16–5 Pedro Carvalho Decision (unanimous) Bellator 285 September 23, 2022 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 16–4 Ádám Borics Decision (unanimous) Bellator 276 March 12, 2022 5 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 16–3 Emmanuel Sanchez Decision (unanimous) Bellator 263 July 31, 2021 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 15–3 Saul Rogers Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 257 April 16, 2021 2 4:08 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 14–3 Darko Banovic TKO (punches) Bellator 248 October 10, 2020 1 3:13 Paris, France
Win 13–3 Steve Aimable Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 111 November 22, 2019 3 5:00 London, England Non-title bout; Aimable missed weight (145.2 lbs).
Win 12–3 Dean Trueman Submission (Japanese necktie) Cage Warriors 106 June 29, 2019 2 3:04 London, England Won the vacant Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–3 Ahmed Vila Submission (Japanese necktie) Cage Warriors 103 March 9, 2019 1 0:50 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 10–3 Lukasz Rajewski Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 99 November 17, 2018 1 3:23 Essex, England
Loss 9–3 Arnold Allen Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till May 27, 2018 3 2:41 Liverpool, England
Win 9–2 Mike Santiago Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi January 14, 2018 3 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Loss 8–2 Michel Prazeres Submission (north-south choke) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve September 2, 2017 3 1:26 Rotterdam, Netherlands Catchweight (159 lb) bout; Prazeres missed weight.
Win 8–1 Fernando Duarte Bagordache Submission (Japanese necktie) Scottish Organisation of MMA 2 November 11, 2016 1 1:21 Glasgow, Scotland Won vacant SOMMA Featherweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Anthony Riggio Submission (Japanese necktie) MMA Galla: Gonzalez vs. Djursaa September 17, 2016 1 N/A Odense, Denmark Return to Featherweight.
Win 6–1 Emerik Youmbi Decision (unanimous) ICE Fighting Championships 12 November 5, 2016 3 5:00 Newcastle, England
Loss 5–1 Ott Tonissaar TKO (punches) Octagon Athletes 2 November 7, 2015 2 0:00 Torebyhallen, Denmark
Win 5–0 Hyram Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Battle of Copenhagen: Reunion October 3, 2015 3 5:00 Copenhagen, Denmark Lightweight debut.
Win 4–0 Jamie Reynolds Submission (armbar) Odense Fight Night 3 April 25, 2015 1 0:30 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 3–0 Nasir Aoubi Decision (unanimous) Trophy MMA 4: Summerbreak August 30, 2014 3 5:00 Malmö, Sweden
Win 2–0 Ali Selcuk Ayin Submission (brabo choke) European MMA 8 February 22, 2014 1 0:50 Brondby, Denmark
Win 1–0 Aleksander Sredanovic Submission (d'arce choke) European MMA 6 September 26, 2013 1 N/A Brondby, Denmark

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See also edit

References edit

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