Mark Madsen
The Olympian


Injury Jaw
Est. Return 10/1/2020
May have broken jaw
March 9, 2020
Madsen is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension pending medical clearance of a possible broken jaw, Damon Martin of reports.
Madsen looked a lot like the betting favorite early, but Hubbard came back late in the fight and landed several big shots to potentially expose holes in the striking defense of "The Olympian." While Madsen built some momentum despite the narrow victory, he'll be sidelined until Sept. 4 unless cleared earlier by a maxillofacial surgeon.
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Uses wrestling to secure win
March 7, 2020
Madsen defeated Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
In many respects, this was an up-and-down performance for Madsen. Yes, he earned a clear cut decision win. He used his world-class wrestling skills to score 8-of-12 takedowns and grind Hubbard down. On the other hand, his striking defense looked questionable and there are legitimate concerns Madsen might be a one-trick pony. He's already 35 years of age and has all of eight professional fights under his belt. Madsen is such a good wrestler that he has immense potential if he can improve the rest of his game just a little bit. His overall skill set is similar to what Henry Cejudo brought to the octagon in his early days with the company. Cejudo obviously improved tremendously as he went along, we will have to see if Madsen can do the same.
Added to UFC 248
January 9, 2020
Madsen is set to take on Austin Hubbard at UFC 248 on March 7 in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
Madsen had a successful UFC debut in September of 2019, defeating Danilo Belluardo in the first round via TKO (punches). His opponent, Hubbard, is also coming off a victory in his last bout, winning via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 158. Madsen has yet to lose a professional fight (9-0), and he'll look to extend his winning streak in Las Vegas in March.
Dominates in front of home crowd
September 29, 2019
Madsen defeated Danilo Belluardo via TKO (elbows) at 1:12 of Round 1 at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
The home favorite got bumped up to the co-main event slot here and didn't disappoint the Denmark fans. Madsen recorded a takedown out of the gates, and it was essentially all over from there. He briefly thought about a submission attempt, but quickly realized his ground-and-pound would be more than enough to get the job done. It will be interesting to see how Madsen handles higher-caliber competition. His performance was impressive, but he essentially did exactly what he was supposed to as a (-600) betting favorite.
Booked for UFC debut
August 22, 2019
Madsen will take on Danilo Belluardo in a lightweight bout at UFC Copenhagen on Sept. 28.
Madsen has technically been fighting professionally for six years, but five of his seven professional bouts have come since January of 2018. He boasts an undefeated 7-0 record and will get his first crack under the UFC banner as a result. His opponent, Belluardo, is fresh off his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 153 in June, where he lost to Joel Alvarez via TKO (punches).