You don’t typically see fighters cut from the UFC if they’re coming off a win, but due to his recent conviction for aggravated theft, Reza Madadi has been let go by the promotion. The expected move comes just days after Madadi was sentenced to 18 months in jail by a Swedish court, for his alleged participation in robbing a Stockholm handbag store.
The UFC released the following statement regarding Madadi’s release:
Following his conviction by a court of law in Sweden, the UFC organization has elected to terminate its relationship with Reza Madadi based on its Fighter Code of Conduct and the provision of its promotional agreement concerning fighter conduct.
According to a follow up report from MMA Junkie.com, the 33 year-old vet is denying he played any part in the robbery and is expected to appeal his sentence. Madadi reportedly has until September 6th to launch an appeal.
Madadi hasn’t fought since a UFC on FUEL card in April, when he scored a memorable submission win over Michael Johnson. “Mad Dog” also picked up “Submission of the Night” and an extra 50 grand for the win.
Prior to the bout, Madadi had gone 1-1 in the Octagon, as he dropped a split decision to Cristiano Marcello last October, but submitted Yoislandy Izquierdo in April, 2012. The Iranian born, Swedish resident has gone 13-3 to date. It looks like that could be his MMA record for some time.
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