Madadi Retires from MMA, Ready to ‘Coach New Breed Fighters’

In May of 2017, heading into a late-notice bout with Joaquim Silva (11-1) at UFC Stockholm, Reza Madadi (14-6) told MMA Viking “I enjoy every single second of this, but I feel like it is time.” The smile on his face indicated this might not really be his final, but 2 years later with no fights, the decision is now official.

Madadi at Media Day Prior to His Last Bout

Madadi took to social media today, just days ahead of the Octagon’s returns to his home town to make his decision official. “2 years ago was the last time I fought in the cage, at UFC Globen in front of my loving fans. Today is the day I want to thank all my fans around the world for their amazing support I have had throughout my career. It is time for Maddog to put away the gloves and focus on other things in life!”

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Repost from @rezamaddog using @RepostRegramApp – 2 years ago was the last time I fought in the cage, at UFC Globen in front of my loving fans. Today is the day I want to thank all my fans around the world for their amazing support I have had throughout my career. It is time for Maddog to put away the gloves and focus on other things in life! Of course my beautiful wife and my 2 amazing sons, but also the next chapter in my career, the coaching of new breed fighters. To share all things I have learned from my coaches and from my own career to the new upcoming talents. To all the customers that have put a trust in me to take care of their personal training. And of course many other exciting things which will present themselves. When I look back at my 13 year old career it makes me proud that I could get to the top of the chain and fight the best guys in the world. 20 pro fights and never finished, that is not only talent, but lot of heart and passion to always give my best and never give up! I would firstly like to thank my fans, without your support and love, none of this would have been worth it. I would also want to thank everyone of you who have helped me during my career, there are too many of you to thank one by one in this post, but you know who you are. I am thankful for the time you gave my, for the things you taught me. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it so far in my career. THANK YOU! Love and Respect from Maddog, the one and only! ?❤️❤️❤️

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Madadi did plan on fighting after he decided not to re-sign with the UFC after his last bout, agreeing to fight in the ACB promotion last year in a Malmö event. However, the card never became official, and the organization never planned another even in Sweden or using the Allstars Training Center fighter.

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Madadi had a 14 win and 6 loss record, and turned pro in 2006. Mad Dog is the oldest UFC lightweight to ever compete and win in the Octagon. Reza will turn 41 this June.

The Iranian born fighter was a star of Superior Challenge, bringing local fans in Stockholm to the sport from 2009-2011, then signed with the UFC for the first UFC in April 14, 2012. The wrestler won 3 bouts and lost 4 in the Octagon. He is now in the corner and coaching at Allstars Training Center.