Echos from the past bring back similar stories between MMA fighter turned bank robber Lee Murray, and UFC fighter Reza Madadi (2-1 UFC). Today, Lightweight Reza Madadi was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for his aggravated burglary of luxury handbag store Bottega Veneta in Stockholm, Sweden on May 24th. He and two other men were seen on a surveillance camera, pulling up to the store, smashing the glass door with a sledge-hammer and filling the Black Audi they were driving with dozens of luxury handbags. The three men were tracked to a garage in Akersberga, where they were arrested not even two hours from the time they committed the crime. What really did Reza in was the glass on his person which matched the glass of the door that they smashed.
This is not the first time the talented lightweight was tied to burglaries either. Reza was associated with a heist on September 23rd, 2009, when a G4S cash service depot was robbed in Vastberga in southern Stockholm Sweden. G4S is the world’s largest security company measured by revenues and has operations in around 125 countries. The building was used as a landing pad for a stolen helicopter that the thieves used, and the police could not chase the men in their own helicopters because the burglars had placed decoy bombs close by. The robbers used a sledgehammer much like the one used in the handbag heist, to smash the glass door of the building. There was a 7 million dollar reward for anybody with information leading to the capture of the men. Reza Madadi was held in custody as a suspect, later released when he could not be proven guilty. What is it about MMA that attracts characters like Lee Murray and Reza Madadi, who pull off almost movie like heists? Too bad for Madadi, he wasn’t smooth enough to get away with it.