Former UFC Lightweight, Reza Madadi, found himself in some very serious legal issues last year. Coming off his most impressive victory to date, a submission win over Michael Johnson, Medadi was arrested in Sweden for an alleged robbery.
According to Swedish tabloid, Expressen, Madadi and an associate allegedly broke into a designer handbag store and stole $150,000 worth of goods. The smash and grab was shocking news to the MMA community, and Madadi denied the accusations. This past August, Madadi was found guilty of aggravated burglary and sentenced to 18 months in Swedish prison. Madadi immediately filed an appeal, which is still ongoing.
After the conviction, Madadi was released by the UFC and has not fought since his impressive win over Michael Johnson back in April of 2013. With the appeal still pending and Madadi waiting for a court date, the Iranian will make his return to MMA in May.
MMAViking first broke the news, and announced that Madadi will be fighting at Superior Challenge in Sweden on May 3rd. Madadi fought on the first 7 Superior Challenge fight cards, winning each bout before being called up to the UFC. As of now, there is no opponent set for Madadi’s return, but Fansided will keep you updated when the opponent is announced.