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