UFC Lightweight Reza Madadi Sentenced to 18 Months for Grand Larceny in Sweden

By Mike Whitman Aug 16, 2013
UFC lightweight Reza Madadi on Friday was sentenced to one year and six months in jail by a Stockholm court on a charge of grand larceny.

Sherdog.com contributor Ryan O’Leary of MMAViking.com obtained and translated court documents that revealed Madadi was found guilty for his alleged part in a May incident at a designer handbag store in Sweden, during which Madadi and two associates reportedly made off with roughly $150,000 in stolen property.

The 33-year-old was also hit with two fines at his sentencing and was ordered to pay roughly $104,200 to store owners Image Group AB and $102,525 to insurance company Alands Omsesidiga Forsakringsbolag. According to the documents, Madadi still denies the charges levied against him, and he will have until Sept. 6 to appeal the verdict. One year ago, Madadi made headlines in quite a different way, when the fighter saved a toddler and his father from drowning in Sweden.

“Mad Dog” joined the UFC in April 2012, debuting with a second-round submission of Floridian prospect Yoislandy Izquierdo. The Iranian-born Swede followed that performance with a split decision loss to Cristiano Marcello this past October but returned to the win column on April 6, when he tapped “Ultimate Fighter 12” finalist Michael Johnson with a third-round brabo choke at UFC on Fuel TV 9.


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