Reza Madadi (Persian: رضا مددی, born June 20, 1978 in Tehran, Iran) is a retired Persian Iranian-Swedish mixed martial artist who competed in the lightweight division. A professional mixed martial artist from 2006 to 2019, Madadi is best known for competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
|Gholam Reza Madadi|
|Born||Gholam Reza Madadi|
June 20, 1978
|Native name||رضا مددی|
|Other names||Mad Dog|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Division||Lightweight (from 2010)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Team||Allstars Training Center |
Spårvägens BK (Wrestling)
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||Gold medal Swedish Freestyle Wrestling Champion|
|Years active||2006–2019 (MMA) |
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: April 6, 2013
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Madadi started out as a wrestler at the age of 15, his wrestling career saw some good results, winning the Swedish championship in 2002 and 2003 along with victories in Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia, in both the styles of Greco-Roman and Freestyle. He transitioned from wrestling to MMA in 2006.
Madadi competed in Strike And Submit (SAS), Superior Challenge (SC), Furious Fighting Championship (FFC) and a few other fighting organizations. Madadi holds a submission victory over former UFC fighter Junie Browning in 2010, later that year he took a very impressive decision victory against former WEC- and future Strikeforce and UFC fighter Carlo Prater.
He was expected to challenge for the title in British top promotion Cage Warriors, against the champion Matt Veach on June 16, 2011. However, just a few days before the fight Veach had to withdraw due to an injury and Madadi was scrapped from the card.
Madadi's success on the European circuit, 11-2 (6 submissions, 2 TKO's), led to him being considered as one of the best European lightweight prospects.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
He was expected to make his promotional debut against Rafaello Oliveira on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1. However, Oliveira was forced out of a bout with an injury and replaced by Fabrício Camões Madadi himself would later withdraw from the bout due to injury as well and was replaced by promotional newcomer Tommy Hayden.
In his eventual debut, Madadi faced fellow promotional newcomer Yoislandy Izquierdo on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 2. After being stunned in the first round, Madadi defeated Izquierdo by submission due to a guillotine choke in the second round.
In his next fight for the UFC, Madadi faced Cristiano Marcello on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. He lost via a controversial split decision. The decision was controversial since most major MMA media outlets scored the bout for Madadi.
Madadi faced Michael Johnson on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9. After a back-and-forth two rounds, where Johnson stunned and dropped Madadi with a headkick late in the first round, Madadi recovered fast and won the fight via submission due to a d'arce choke in the third round. The win also garnered Madadi his first Submission of the Night bonus award.
Madadi was expected to fight Michael Chiesa on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8. However, on May 14, 2013, it was announced Madadi pulled out of the bout citing alleged visa issues and was replaced by Jorge Masvidal.
After leaving the UFC following, and still awaiting his sentencing for his robbery conviction, Madadi expressed an interest to go back and fight in the Sweden-based organisation Superior Challenge, in which he held the lightweight title before he got the call from UFC. On November 23, 2013 at Superior Challenge 9, Madadi entered the cage and called out fellow former UFC-fighter Anton Kuivanen, who fought earlier that evening, defeating one of Madadi's training partners.
He was set to return to the cage on May 3, 2014 at Superior Challenge 10, his opponent was yet to be announced. Later news came that his opponent would be Efrain Escudero and that the fight would be Madadi's first defense of his Superior Challenge Lightweight title, which he won back in 2011. However, Madadi later had to withdraw due to an injury and was replaced by Juha-Pekka Vainikainen.
Madadi was expected to face Rustam Khabilov on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93. However on July 25, Madadi pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Leandro Silva. It was later relvealed that Madadi had been forced to withdraw due to a heart-related illness. The illness, called myocarditis, causes an inflammation in the heart muscle which can have various consequenses depending on the state of the illness and the person who suffers from it. He wasn't in serious danger but would still have to be sidelined from training until doctors hade figured out a solution to his problems.
He was then expected to face promotional newcomer Marc Diakiese on October 8, 2016 at UFC 204. However, Madadi was later forced to withdraw from the contest, after suffering an eye injury that need an emergency surgery. He was replaced by Lukasz Sajewski.
Shortly after his fight against Joseph Duffy, Madadi took to his Instagram page to reaveal that he had one fight left on his UFC contract and that it possibly would be the last fight of his career. He expressed wishes to get his potential last fight on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 109 in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.
Madadi got his wish fulfilled in the last minute, as he stepped in on short notice, replacing an injured Mairbek Taisumov, against Joaquim Silva on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. He lost fight by split decision. Subsequent to this fight, Madadi opted to not renew his contract with the UFC.
Absolute Championship BerkutEdit
Despite contemplating retirement from MMA, Madadi signed a multi-fight contract with Absolute Championship Berkut. On July 4, 2017 it was announced that Madadi was set to face Yusup Raisov, who vacated his ACB featherweight title and moved up to lightweight division. The fight was planned to take place in the main event at ACB 92 in Malmö, Sweden on August 25, 2018. However, on July 30, 2018 it was announced that the event would be cancelled due to ACB having financial problems. In May 2019, Madadi announced his retirement from competition, stating that he will be concentrating on coaching mixed martial arts.
Madadi acts in one of the roles in the Swedish movie Tommy (2014).
Aggravated burglary and prison sentenceEdit
On May 27, 2013, Madadi was arrested in his adopted country of Sweden for burglary. Swedish tabloid Expressen reported that the fighter and an accomplice broke into a designer handbag store before making off with $150,000 (U.S.) worth of stolen goods. Madadi and the accomplice were apprehended and faced charges of aggravated theft and abetting larceny, according to Swedish authorities. On August 16, 2013 Madadi was found guilty for aggravated burglary and sentenced to 18 months in prison. An appeal from Madadi was filed on September 5, 2013, and he was released from custody awaiting notice from the Swedish court of law. In the second trial, he was again found guilty, and no attempt for a second appeal was made. In March, 2015 after serving the active time of 14 months, the sentence was completed and Madadi was released from prison.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Superior Challenge
- Superior Challenge Lightweight Championship (One time; First)
- X-Fight FC
- X-Fight FC Welterweight Championship (One time; First)
- Nordic MMA Awards - MMAviking.com
- 2016 Comeback Fighter of the Year
- Swedish Submission Wrestling Federation
- 2010 Swedish National -79 kg (174 lbs) 3rd Place
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||14–6||Joaquim Silva||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||May 28, 2017||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||14–5||Joe Duffy||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson||March 18, 2017||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||14–4||Yan Cabral||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski||May 8, 2016||3||1:56||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||13–4||Norman Parke||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka||October 24, 2015||3||5:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||13–3||Michael Johnson||Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi||April 6, 2013||3||1:33||Stockholm, Sweden||Submission of the Night.|
|Loss||12–3||Cristiano Marcello||Decision (split)||UFC 153||October 13, 2012||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||12–2||Yoislandy Izquierdo||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva||April 14, 2012||2||1:28||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||11–2||Rich Clementi||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Challenge 7||April 30, 2011||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Won the SC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||10–2||Carlo Prater||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Challenge 6||October 29, 2010||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Catchweight (165 lbs) bout; Prater missed weight.|
|Win||9–2||Junie Browning||Submission (guillotine choke)||Superior Challenge 5||May 1, 2010||2||0:22||Stockholm, Sweden||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||8–2||Andy Walker||TKO (punches)||Superior Challenge 4||October 31, 2009||1||1:11||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||7–2||Raymond Jarman||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Superior Challenge 3||May 30, 2009||1||1:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||6–2||Oriol Gaset||Submission (guillotine choke)||Furious Fighting Championship 2||February 21, 2009||1||2:38||Casablanca, Morocco|
|Loss||5–2||Peter Irving||Decision (unanimous)||Strike and Submit 7||July 13, 2008||3||5:00||Gateshead, England||For the SAS European Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Aidan Marron||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Challenge 1||May 4, 2008||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||4–1||Peter Wilson||Submission (armbar)||X-Fight FC 1||March 30, 2008||1||0:48||Sunderland, England||Won the X-Fight FC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||3–1||Romano de los Reyes||Submission (triangle choke)||Slamm: Holland vs Thailand 3||May 6, 2007||1||1:04||Almere, Netherlands|
|Win||2–1||Geroid McNichol||Submission (armbar)||Strike and Submit 1||January 28, 2007||3||1:28||Gateshead, England|
|Win||1–1||Christian Johansson||TKO (punches)||Travelfight Arena 1||December 16, 2006||2||3:30||Uppsala, Sweden|||
|Loss||0–1||Ville Manninen||Decision (unanimous)||ZST: Prestige||September 23, 2006||3||5:00||Turku, Finland|
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- "Veach-Madadi title bout headlines CWFC debut in Jordan". sherdog.com. 2011-06-02.
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- "Michael Johnson vs Reza Madadi set for UFC on Fuel TV 9". mmajunki.com. February 8, 2013.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 9 results: Reza Madadi survives kick, taps out Michael Johnson". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-06.
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- "Michael Chiesa vs Reza Madadi added to UFC on Fox 8 in Seattle". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-23.
- "Reza Madadi out of UFC on FOX 8, Jorge Masvidal now meets Michael Chiesa". mmajunkie.com. 2013-05-14.
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- "UFC officially releases Reza Madadi following conviction". mmajunkie.com. 2013-08-20.
- "Madadi calls out Kuivanen at Superior Challenge 9". mmaviking.com. 2013-11-23.
- "Reza Madadi returns to Superior Challenge". mmaviking.com. 2014-02-10.
- "Reza "Mad Dog" Madadi booked for Superior Challenge 10". mmanytt. 2014-02-10.
- "Reza Madadi returns to MMA". fansided.com. 2014-02-10.
- "Reza Madadi is out of jail and back in MMA". bloodyelbow.com. 2014-02-10.
- "Madadi vs. Escuerdo title bout tops Superior Challenge 10". fightnetwork.com. 2014-04-07.
- "Reza Madadi försvarar titeln mot Efrain Escudero på Superior Challenge X / Reza Madadi to defend title against Efrain Escudero at Superior Challenge X". mmanytt.se. 2014-04-02.
- "Madadi takes on Escudero for Superior Challenge belt". mmaviking.com. 2014-04-07.
- "Madadi out, Vainikainen in against Escudero for Superior Challenge belt". mmaviking.com. 2014-04-26.
- "Reza Madadi says he is 'Back in the UFC'". mmaviking.com. 2015-06-10.
- "After 14 months in prison, Resa Madadi says he's back with the UFC". foxsports.com. 2015-06-10.
- "Reza Madadi re-signs with UFC following 14 month prison stint". mmafighting.com. 2015-06-10.
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- "Reza Madadi vs Norman Parke added to UFC Fight Night 77 in Dublin". mmajunkie.com. 2015-08-07.
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- Guilherme Cruz (2016-02-23). "Reza Madadi vs. Yan Cabral booked for UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
- "UFC Fight Night 87 results: Reza Madadi uppercut leads to standing TKO of Yan Cabral". mmajunkie.com. 2016-05-08.
- Ryan O'Leary (2016-06-11). "Reza Madadi versus Rustam Khabilov booked for Hamburg". mmaviking.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
- "Rustam Khabilov vs. Reza Madadi booked for UFC Fight Night event in Hamburg". mmajunkie.com. 2016-06-10.
- Staff (2016-07-25). "Reza Madadi off UFC Fight Night 93; Rustam Khabilov now meets Leandro Silva". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
- "Reza "Maddog" Madadi har fått en inflammation i hjärtmuskeln / Reza Madadi suffers from an inflammated heart muscle (Swedish)". kimura.se. 2016-07-28.
- Staff (2016-09-08). "Hard-hitting British newcomer Marc Diakiese meets Reza Madadi at UFC 204 in Manchester". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
- "Reza Madadi Off of Next Week's UFC Manchester Card". mmaviking.com. 2016-10-01.
- "Lukasz Sajewski replaces Reza Madadi at Saturday's UFC 204". mmajunkie.com. 2016-10-02.
- Ariel Helwani (2016-12-16). "Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi slated for UFC Fight Night: London". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-03-18). "UFC Fight Night 107 results: Joseph Duffy batters Reza Madadi for clean sweep on cards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
- "Reza 'Mad Dog' Madadi @ Instagram". Instagram.com.
- "Reza Madadi still contemplating a potential retirement at UFC Fight Night 109". mmajunkie.com / youtube.com. 2017-05-26.
- Staff (2017-05-19). "Reza Madadi steps in for Mairbek Taisumov, meets Joaquim Silva at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
- Steven Marrocco (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Joaquim Silva narrowly defeats Reza Madadi in exciting affair". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
- "Reza Madadi Leaves UFC, Becomes Free Agent". mmaviking.com. 2017-07-21.
- Peter Carroll (July 4, 2018). "Yusup Raisov vacates 145 title, meets Reza Madadi in 155 debut at ACB 92". mmafighting.com.
- "ACB confirms cancellation of three events due to 'organizational and financial problems'". mmafighting. 2018-07-30.
- Ryan O'Leary (May 29, 2019). "Madadi Retires from MMA, Ready to 'Coach New Breed Fighters'". mmaviking.com.
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- "Reza Madadi saves drowning child and father". sports.yahoo.com. 2012-08-14.
- "UFC lightweight Reza Madadi saves drowning toddler in Sweden". mmamania.com. 2012-08-14.
- "Reza Madadi a local hero after saving baby". mmaviking.com. 2012-08-14.
- "Reza Madadi to star in mainstream movie". mmaviking.com. 2013-05-14.
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- "UFC's Reza Madadi sentenced to 18 months for role in handbag heist". mmajunkie.com. 2013-08-16.
- "Reza Madadi överklagar dom / Reza Madadi files an appeal". mmanytt.se. 2013-09-06.
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