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Reza Madadi Will Be Cut from the UFC Following His 18-Month Prison Conviction

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Reza Madadi’s MMA career is very much on hold following his 18-month prison sentencing earlier this week. His UFC contract had been temporarily suspended during the sentencing, and during a post-UFC Fight Night 26 press conference, Dana White confirmed that the fighter would be released from the organization.

“If [Madadi] stole a bunch of handbags and was convicted of it, I‘m sure he’s going to be cut,” White said.

Madadi was recently convicted for his part in an “aggravated burglary” in his home country of Sweden. According to a report by MMAytt, Madadi was part of a group of three thieves who broke into an upscale department store and made off with over $150,000 worth of handbags.

Madadi has given up a promising career in the UFC, winning two of his three fights in the promotion. He most recently defeated Michael Johnson with a d’arce choke at UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi. He currently holds a 16-3 overall MMA record, including wins over Rich Clementi and Carlo Prater.