Silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling Olympics from Rio de Janeiro, in 2016, Mark O. Madsen announced his retirement from MMA. At 39 years old, the Dane gives up on his dream of repeating the success of his Greco-Roman wrestling career in the UFCwhere he aimed to win the lightweight title (70 kg).
Madsen arrived at the UFC in 2019, surrounded by expectations and accredited by a record that is still undefeated in professional MMA. However, after a promising start, the Dane suffered two consecutive defeats, both on the fast track to unranked rivals, and saw his goal of reaching the top of the lightweight division slip away, especially considering his advanced age for the sport, which must have weighed on his decision to hang up his gloves.
“MMA is a demanding sport, and the body has to last for many years. This was also a factor in my decision to quit, but I am very proud and grateful for everything we have achieved. I’m proud that we dared to pursue our dreams, that we found the courage to do this. I am proud to have shown my children that the will to want and the courage to dare can lead to incredible experiences”, declared Madsen.
After building a successful career in Greco-Roman wrestling, Mark Madsen moved to MMA, where he began his career with eight wins and no losses. Retrospect took him to the UFC, where he won his first four commitments, until he was surpassed in the last two, ending his time in the league.