After battling in and out of the cage, Mark Madsen has remained undefeated in his professional MMA career.
The lightweight won his third UFC fight on Saturday, taking a split decision against Clay Guida in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 29.
Madsen (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) had a significant night not just in his professional career but also in his personal life. “The Olympian” was making a significant step forward in his career, but he was also coming off a year-and-a-half hiatus due to the pandemic, a fractured jaw, and his wife’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
“I hear my name being called, and that was just a relief. What an amazing night,” Madsen said at the UFC on ESPN 29 post-fight news conference. “I put my heart and soul into the preparation. I felt I was ready. I felt that I did my best. Clay is a stud. He’s a legend of the sport, and it’s an honor to face a guy like that. I’m just happy that I can go and make a call and tell my wife that it was a win.”
Madsen hopes the win over Guida can inspire his family to keep pushing through adversity and keep dreaming.
“This night was special – very special,” Madsen said. “I had to put in extra to keep focused on the fight and what needed to be done out there. I missed a couple of things out there, but got the job done.
“I can go to the hotel and call my wife – she’s probably waking up right now – and tell her that we took home the fight. I do hope that win inspires my entire family to keep dreaming and keep putting out great dreams and having the courage to follow them, because that’s what it takes at the end of the day.”
Despite being fresh off his return to the octagon, Madsen already is looking at his next step. The 36-year-old wants a fight with Gregor Gillespie, a highly touted wrestler, to prove he’s the best wrestler at 155 pounds.
“Everybody is calling people out, but are you ready for the fight?” Madsen said. “Being the best wrestler in the division, you have to earn that spot. Gregor Gillespie is all about being the best wrestler. I mean, I don’t know what style, because it’s certainly not Greco-Roman. I’m sitting right here. That would be an interesting fight – two different styles clashing. Let’s bring that fight into play.”
Source: USA Today