The UFC has decided to officially sever ties with embattled fighter Reza Madadi following his conviction for aggravated theft earlier this month. The official move comes after UFC president Dana White intimated it would happen following the UFC Fight Night 26 Post-Fight Press Conference.
“Following his conviction by a court of law in Sweden, the UFC organization has elected to terminate its relationship with Reza Madadi based on its Fighter Code of Conduct and the provision of its promotional agreement concerning fighter conduct.”
Madadi was convicted of robbing a high end hand bag shop with an associate this past May. While the Swedish-Iranian fighter has steadfastly denied his involvement, police used evidence found in the getaway vehicle and surveillance tapes to convince the court of his guilt. The fighter will have until September to appeal the conviction or start his 18-month sentence.
Madadi’s conviction and subsequent release is no doubt a disappointment, as the fighter certainly entertained fans en route to a 2-1 record in the Octagon. The fighter was last in action for the promotion at UFC on FUEL TV 9, where he rallied from an early knockdown to defeat Michael Johnson via submission. The impressive victory netted the fighter $50,000 for “Submission of the Night.”