Mark O. Madsen

The Olympian


Remains undefeated as pro
April 9, 2022
Madsen defeated Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 273 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
Madsen leaned on his biggest strength -- his wrestling -- to emerge victorious is a tight fight which was viewed as a pick 'em by the Vegas oddsmakers. Mark had a strong start to the fight on the strength of plenty of successful leg kicks. Pichel picked up the pace in Round 2, and Madsen appeared to be fading from a conditioning standpoint early in Round 3, but he managed to drag Pichel to the mat early in the final frame and keep him pinned there the rest of the bout. It wasn't pretty and had Pichel quite upset, but it was most certainly effective. Madsen's stand-up looks miles and miles better than we saw from him in his company debut nearly 2.5 years ago, but he's only going to go as far as his wrestling game takes him. Madsen is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC and undefeated in a dozen professional fights, and the company would be wise to push him aggressively considering he turns 38 years of age this coming September.
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Fight expected to be moved back
January 19, 2022
Madsen's fight against Vinc Pichel is expected to be pushed back to UFC 273 on April 9, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
This fight was originally set for UFC 271 on Feb. 12. The reason for wanting to move it back two months is unknown. Madsen is looking to go to 4-0 with the UFC.
Paired with Vinc Pichel
November 2, 2021
Madsen will take on Vinc Pichel at UFC 271 on Feb. 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Madsen has yet to be defeated as a professional, a run that includes 11 total fights and three under the UFC banner. He most recently won a split decision against Clay Guida. Pichel is also riding a streak of three straight UFC victories, a run which improved his record with the promotion to 7-2.
Barely gets past Clay Guida
August 21, 2021
Madsen defeated Clay Guida via unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 29 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Maybe Madsen deserved to win, maybe he didn't, but the fact he performed well in a fight in which he didn't land a single takedown is extremely impressive. Madsen is one of the most decorated wrestlers in UFC history, but it was his striking game which led the way on Saturday. He out-landed Guida by a 101-72 count, but the efficiency was heavily in Madsen's favor, as he connected on 51 percent of his significant strikes compared to just 33 percent from Guida. Madsen is a perfect 11-0 as a professional and the owner of a world-class attribute, but he'll also be 37 years old next month and has fought just a single time each of the past three years. He's going to have to pickup the pace in order to reach his theoretical ceiling.
Taking on Clay Guida in August
May 19, 2021
Madsen (jaw) is scheduled to face Clay Guida in a lightweight fight during the UFC's Aug. 21 event, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Madsen was diagnosed with a broken jaw coming out of his most recent UFC fight in March 2020, but he's been fully recovered from the injury for a while. Instead, it was a personal matter that's been keeping the 36-year-old from Denmark out of the Octagon of late, as he took an indefinite break from professional fighting last year when his wife was diagnosed with sclerosis. Madsen (10-0-0) is now ready to put his undefeated record back on the line when he takes on Guida (36-20-0), who will be making his 31st career UFC appearance in August.
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.