Mark Madsen Bids Farewell to the UFC

Mark Madsen: Grateful for a Shaping Career

Danish Dynamite Retires: Mark Madsen Hangs Up Gloves

At 39, Mark O. Madsen, the Danish MMA fighter and Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, announces his retirement from the UFC. Transitioning to MMA after clinching Olympic silver for Denmark in 2016, Madsen quickly notched up wins, making a notable octagon debut in 2019 with an 8-0 record.

Despite a glowing start, a submission loss to Grant Dawson at a UFC Fight Night in November 2022 and a knockout defeat at UFC 295 marked the end of his MMA journey. Madsen, known as “The Olympian,” retires with a 12-2 record, grateful for a career that shaped him profoundly.


“I’ve thought long and hard about this decision,” Madsen shared with Ekstrabladet, expressing contentment and pride in his accomplishments. MMA’s demands and the toll on his body played a significant role in his decision to retire. Although he never achieved his lightweight gold dream, Madsen is eager to embark on new life adventures.

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