UFC Lightweight Reza Madadi Arrested in Sweden for Alleged Involvement in Burglary

May 26, 2013
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Reza-Madadi-UFC-Fuel-2-Weigh Swedish UFC lightweight Reza Madadi has been arrested  following a smash and grab that he was allegedly involved in at a handbag boutique, Bottega Veneta, in Stockholm.

On Friday morning, Expressen.se alleges that Madadi and his accomplices were banging against the door of the shop for five minutes before obtaining entry. Once inside a staff member said they cleared the store of expensive handbags estimated to be around the value of 1 million kronor ($150,000 USD).

The police set upon tracking down the get-away vehicle and were successful.

“We have two in custody. One of them is suspected of aggravated theft, and the other for abetting larceny,” prosecutor Olof Calmvik said.

It’s not the first time that Madadi has been in trouble with the law. He was charged for various offenses in the early 2000s, before being suspected of involvement in a cash coupe in 2009, but was acquitted of the latter charge.

My client denied the charges against him. I cannot say much more until we see how this evolved,” Madadi’s lawyer Ivan Fialdini said.

Madadi last fought in April against Michael Johnson in Stockholm, where he won via submission in round three. It was the 32-year-old’s second win in three UFC fights since joining the company in 2012. He was due to fight Michael Chiesa at UFC on Fox 8 on July 27, but the fight was called off two weeks ago after Madadi encountered visa issues.

UFC officials were unavailable for comment at the time of publishing.

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    Sometimes these things happen in MMA……

  • rampage

    Dana really need to start paying his fighters more…

    • Advance*

      Yeah his UFC contract is what drove him to do this

  • MuayThaiFood

    Boys being boys. Now I suppose Dana’s going to bring out the code of conduct crap again. These guys are trained killers, what do they expect?

    • Sir_Roy

      Though I see what you’re saying, I still can’t disagree more with that stereotype. One’s profession cannot be deemed a viable precursor to excuse inexcusable behavior or to justify it. In fact, the discipline & dedication involved in training at such a high level should bleed out into ones personal life superseding the violence and aggression implicit in it. And for many, it does. Most high level MMA fighters are responsible fathers & husbands and sand up citizens, and this despite their onscreen persona.

      I think we can just chalk this one up to the fact that there are morally bankrupt individuals in every walk of life. Criminal behavior should not be in any way synonymous with being a cage fighter.

      • MuayThaiFood

        Sorry, I thought I made that ridiculous enough to pass as sarcasm. I just thought I might be beating some apologist from making an excuse for this guy. I hope Dana gives him a soap on a rope as a parting gift.

        • Sir_Roy

          Sorry. I read the “these guys are trained killers, what do they expect” portion as serious. I guess I had a “Sheldon” moment. My bad.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Ha ha….yeah, just when you thought you had the whole sarcasm thing figured out..lol.

  • Maddawgmar

    You know you gotta get the new Prada and Gucci. They are to die for. LMAO

  • StaalOntwerp

    He’s Iranian, right? Not that that has anything to do with it, but foreigners in Sweden seem to be having a pretty hard time these days with daily riots all through last week. Maybe this was some sort of looting he accidentally got involved in.

  • random username4

    He owned money to some dangerous people and then his visa got canceled … this is what i heard