Reza Madadi (14-6) is making a return to competition, while not MMA, “Mad Dog” will compete in a no-gi grappling superfight on November 16 at Solnahallen in Stockholm.
Madadi announced his retirement in May, but just like teammate Alexander Gustafsson, the Swede is looking to get back to competition. “Now after so much time, I feel the energy.” said the 41-year-old to MMA Viking at Allstars Training Center open house last month. “I really want to do a comeback.”
The Iranian-born Madadi will face Moshe Ben Shimol from Israel in what Reza wants the bout would show that sports should not be associated with religion or politics and that elite athletes should be able to compete against each other despite their differences and leave as friends.
Reza was the first big Swedish MMA star, bringing local fans in Stockholm to the sport from 2009-2011, then signed with the UFC for the first UFC in Sweden in April 14, 2012. 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 with his victory over Yan Cabral at UFC Overeem versus Arlovski in May of 2016. The wrestler has not been in the cage since May of 2017, where he lost a short notice split decision to Brazilian Joaquim Silva. Madadi won a total of 3 bouts and lost 4 in the Octagon.