Danish combat sports veteran Mark Madsen has decided to call it a career.
As a decorated wrestler and UFC veteran, the 39-year-old is one of Denmark’s most successful martial artists ever. Madsen told Danish news outlet Ekstra Bladet about his decision to retire from MMA.
“The time is right. I’m done and look back on a career in elite sport that I’m very proud of. The sport has shaped me to what I am, I’m grateful for everything, what it has given me and my family,” Madsen said.
The Danish fighter revealed that it was a tough decision.
“A big part of your identity comes with your job. Especially as an elite athlete, where your everyday life is formed by what you do. But I’m 39 years old and there’s still many things in life that I want to do,” Madsen said. “MMA is a taxing sport, and my body needs to hold off for many more years to come. That has been a factor in my decision to retire, but I’m super proud and grateful for everything we have achieved.”
Mark Madsen is a three-time Olympian
Mark Madsen is a three-time Olympian and earned a silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in 2016. He was also a five-time medalist at the world championships.
Before signing with the UFC in 2019, he pulled together an undefeated 8-0 pro MMA record. Madsen won his first four UFC bouts before getting stopped in his past two.
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