June 20, 1978
|Other names||Mad Dog|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||74.5 in (189 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Stockholm, Sweden|
Allstars Training Center
Swedish Freestyle Wrestling Champion Swedish Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
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. Madadi fought Carlo Prater and won a very impressive decision victory. He became the Superior Challenge Lightweight Champion after defeating former UFC fighter Rich Clementi via unanimous decision at Superior Challenge 7.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Madadi has signed with the UFC and 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 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.
Aggravated burglary and prison sentence
On May 27, 2013, Madadi was arrested in his adopted country of Sweden for an alleged burglary. Swedish tabloid Expressen reported that the fighter and an associate allegedly broke into a designer handbag store before making off with $150,000 (U.S.) worth of stolen goods. Madadi and the associate face 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. He has until September 6, 2013 to file an appeal.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Superior Challenge
- Superior Challenge Lightweight Championship (One time)
- X-Fight FC
- X-Fight FC Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Swedish Freestyle Wrestling Champion
- Swedish Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion
Mixed martial arts career
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||13 wins||3 losses|
|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 Superior Challenge Lightweight Championship|
|Win||10-2||Carlo Prater||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Challenge 6||October 29, 2010||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Prater came in 15 lbs overweight|
|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|
|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 - X-Fight 1||March 30, 2008||1||0:48||Sunderland, England||Won X-Fight FC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||3-1||Romano de los Reyes||Submission (triangle choke)||Slamm - Holland vs Thailand 3||May 6, 2007||1||N/A||Netherlands|
|Win||2-1||Geroid McNichol||Submission (armbar)||SAS 1 - Strike and Submit 1||January 28, 2007||3||1:28||Gateshead, England|
|Win||1-1||Christian Johansson||TKO (punches)||Travelfight Arena||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|
- "Clementi-Madadi meet in LW title bout at Superior Challenge 7". sherdog.com. 2011-03-22.
- Bobby Cavian (November 22, 2011). "Swedish MMA Star Reza Madadi debuts at UFC on FX 1 against Rafaello Oliveira". studiomma.com. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- "Replacement Fabricio Camoes steps in to fight Reza Madadi at UFC on FX 1". MMAjunkie.com. December 27, 2011.
- "Tommy Hayden targeted for UFC on FX 1 slot against Fabricio Camoes". mmajunkie.com. January 16, 2012.
- "Young-Wisely, Izquierdo-Madadi completes Sweden's UFC on FUEL TV 2 lineup". mmajunkie.com. February 19, 2012.
- "Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi added to UFC 153 in Brazil". MMAJunkie.com. July 19, 2012.
- "UFC 153 play-by-play and live results". mmajunkie.com. 2012-10-13.
- "UFC 153 - Results play-by-play". sherdog.com. 2012-10-13.
- "UFC 153 undercard live blog". mmafighting.com. 2012-10-13.
- "UFC 153 live facebook FX results". bloodyelbow.com. 2012-10-13.
- "UFC 153 play-by-play, Reza Madadi vs Cristiano Marcello". mmaweekly.com. 2012-10-13.
- "UFC 153 live results and play-by-play". bleacherreport.com. 2012-10-13.
- "UFC 153 live play-by-play results". insidefights.com. 2012-10-13.
- "UFC 153 live play-by-play results (page 2)". mmarising.com. 2012-10-13.
- "Michael Johnson vs Reza Madadi set for UFC on Fuel TV 9". mmajunki.com. Februari 8, 2013.
- Staff (2013-04-06). "UFC on FUEL TV 9 bonuses: McGregor, Madadi, Pickett, Easton win $60,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- "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.
- "UFC officially releases Reza Madadi following conviction". mmajunkie.com. 2013-08-20.
- "UFC fighter Reza Madadi arrested on suspicion of burglary in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. 2013-05-27.
- "UFC's Reza Madadi sentenced to 18 months for role in handbag heist". mmajunkie.com. 2013-08-16.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 9 bonuses and awards: McGregor, Madadi, Pickett and Easton all make bank". mmamania.com. 2013-04-06.