Mark Madsen (fighter)

Mark Madsen (born 23 September 1984) is a Danish professional mixed martial artist and former Greco-Roman wrestler. As a mixed martial artist, he currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[5][6][7]

Mark O. Madsen
Mark Madsen at UFC Fight Night 160 in Copenhagen.jpg
Mark Madsen at UFC Fight Night 160 in Copenhagen
Born (1984-09-23) 23 September 1984 (age 38)
Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Other namesThe Olympian
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionWelterweight (2013–2019)
Lightweight (2019–present)[1]
TeamTeam Olympian
Xtreme Couture (2018–2021)[2][3]
Fight Ready (2021–present)[3]
TrainerMartin Kampmann (head coach)[1]
WrestlingOlympic Greco-Roman Wrestling[4]
Years active2013–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision6
By submission1
Notable club(s)BK Thor (wrestling)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

As a wrestler, Madsen won the 2016 Summer Olympic Games silver medal in the 75 kg class and was a five-time World Championship medalist.[8]

Wrestling careerEdit

Madsen at the 2016 Olympics

Madsen, who started wrestling at age of six,[9] made his official debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he lost to Russia's Varteres Samurgashev in the first preliminary round of men's Greco-Roman 74 kg, with a technical score of 1–7, and a classification score of 1–3.[10]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Madsen was defeated by another Russian wrestler Roman Vlasov, in the second round of the men's Greco-Roman 74 kg category.[11] Because his opponent advanced further until the final round, Madsen qualified for the repechage bout, where he scored four points and defeated France's Christophe Guénot.[12] In the bronze medal match, Madsen was unable to score enough points in the first two periods, and lost to Lithuania's Aleksandr Kazakevič, finishing only in fifth position.[13]

Few months after the games, Madsen has signed a contract with European MMA, with sights on having his first fight inside the MMA cage by February 2013.[14]

In the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio, Madsen won silver in men's Greco-Roman 75 kg, losing the final match against Roman Vlasov, who previously beat him in the 2012 Summer Olympics.[15]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Madsen competed in two professional bouts in 2013 and 2014 but because he was receiving salary from the Danish Wrestling Federation for his commitment, Madsen was subsequently essentially forbidden to compete in mixed martial arts.[16] Due to his retirement from wrestling, he was allowed to start training and competing in mixed martial arts.[17]

After amassing four straight professional victories in the regional circuit, Madsen signed with Cage Warriors.[18] Madsen made his promotional debut against Alexandre Bordin at Cage Warriors Academy's inaugural event on September 23, 2018. The fight was largely contested on the ground, leading Madsen to a unanimous decision victory by dominant grappling.[19]

After the bout with Bordin, Madsen has been training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Madsen headlined Cage Warriors Academy Denmark 2 against Mathew Bonner on December 15, 2018 and won the bout via unanimous decision.[20][2]

Madsen made his Cage Warriors debut against Thibaud Larchet at Cage Warriors 103 on March 9, 2019.[21][22] Madsen won the fight via unanimous decision.

Madsen faced Danish boxer Patrick Nielsen in an MMA bout at Olympian Fight Night 1 on June 8, 2019.[23] Madsen won the fight in the first round via rear-naked choke.[24]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Madsen made his promotional debut against Danillo Belluardo on September 28, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 18.[25][26] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[27]

After recovering from shoulder injury and staph infection, Madsen returned to face Austin Hubbard on March 7, 2020 at UFC 248.[28] He used his superior wrestling to win the fight by unanimous decision despite suffering a broken jaw during the course of the bout.[29]

Madsen faced Clay Guida on August 21, 2021 in the co-main event in UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Gastelum. He won the fight via split decision.[30]

Madsen was scheduled to face Vinc Pichel on February 12, 2022 at UFC 271.[31] However, they were pushed back to April 9, 2022 at UFC 273 due to unknown reasons.[32] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Madsen was scheduled to face Drakkar Klose on October 29, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 213.[34] However, Klose pulled out in mid-October due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.[35] He was replaced by Grant Dawson.[36] In turn, the bout was moved to UFC Fight Night 214 on November 5, 2022.[37] At the weigh-ins, Dawson weighed in at 157.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit. His bout is expected to proceed at catchweight and he will be fined 30% of his individual purse, which will go to Madsen.[38] He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round.[39]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

  • Nordic MMA Awards -
    • 2018 Knockout of the Year vs. Dez Parker[40]
    • 2019 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year[41]

Amateur wrestlingEdit


Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 12 wins 1 loss
By knockout 3 0
By submission 3 1
By decision 6 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–1 Grant Dawson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Lemos November 5, 2022 3 2:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (157.5 lb) bout; Dawson missed weight.
Win 12–0 Vinc Pichel Decision (unanimous) UFC 273 April 9, 2022 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 11–0 Clay Guida Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Gastelum August 21, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–0 Austin Hubbard Decision (unanimous) UFC 248 March 7, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Danilo Belluardo TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier September 28, 2019 1 1:12 Copenhagen, Denmark Lightweight debut.
Win 8–0 Patrick Nielsen Submission (rear-naked choke) Olympian Fight Night June 9, 2019 1 2:47 Copenhagen, Denmark Catchweight (166 lb) bout.
Win 7–0 Thibaud Larchet Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 103 March 9, 2019 3 5:00 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 6–0 Matthew Bonner Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors Academy Denmark 2 December 15, 2018 3 5:00 Frederikshavn, Denmark
Win 5–0 Alexandre Bordin Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors Academy Denmark 1 September 23, 2018 3 5:00 Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Win 4–0 Dez Parker KO (punch) Danish MMA Night Vol. 1 June 9, 2018 1 4:30 Brøndby, Denmark
Win 3–0 Matthias Freyschuss Technical Submission (guillotine choke) MMA Galla 04 January 13, 2018 1 0:26 Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Win 2–0 Chay Ingram Submission (guillotine choke) European MMA 9: "Mark" Your Time May 23, 2014 1 2:27 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 1–0 Philipp Henze TKO (punches) European MMA 6 September 26, 2013 1 0:44 Copenhagen, Denmark Welterweight debut.


See alsoEdit


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