It's been a rather rough week for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Reza Madadi. Check that: Former UFC Lightweight Reza Madadi.
"Mad Dog" was recently sent up the river for 18 months after he was found guilty for grand larceny in a brazen pre-dawn smash-and-grab raid on a high-end handbag boutique in his native Sweden. He, along with his two henchmen, was also slapped with several fines as compensation for the damages.
To watch video surveillance of the crime, as well as to get more details about Madadi's legal punishment, click here.
Based on nature of the crime, in addition to his lengthy sentence, UFC released Madadi from his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) obligations, citing his violation of the promotion's Code of Conduct. The official statement reads as follows:
"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."
Madadi, 33, boasted a solid professional MMA record (13-3), with two victories in three Octagon appearances. He kicked off his tenure with a submission over Yoislandy Izquierdo at UFC on FUEL TV 2 in April 2012 and most recently stopped Joe Lauzon smasher, Michael Johnson, with a Brabo choke at UFC on FUEL TV 9 just four months ago.
For more details on Madadi, who appears to be the first UFC fighter cut for bad behavior, and his arrest click here and here.