Mark Madsen & His First Step Away From Denmark
By James Lee
As UFC 248 will once again showcase the plethora of talent the UFC have acquired, one fighter who could earn his deserved mainstream recognition is Mark Madsen.
Although a recognisable figure in his home country, the event will actually be the first time he has actually competed outside of Denmark in his professional fighting career and it will take place in Las Vegas; the city where he claimed silver at the Greco-Roman wrestling World Championships in 2015.
As the global combat sport world will get their introduction to Madsen this Saturday, his influence in his home country as one of their most decorated athletes hasn’t gone unappreciated.
In his UFC debut in Copenhagen last September, Madsen was the co-headliner, fighting after popular fighters like Gunnar Nelson and Nicolas Dalby, which is an extreme rarity for the company to do.
Albeit for all the hype his debut amassed, it lasted just 72 seconds as he eased through Italian Danilo Belluardo with a barrage of strikes in short succession.
The sport’s biggest promotion held their debut in Copenhagen that night and for a small country, global sporting success comes as a rarity so as Madsen had success in the Olympic realm and played a significant part of a special night for the country, he no doubt has the backing from his people, especially as Scandinavia’s next hope for a UFC title.
‘The Olympian’ is well known in Northern Europe for his fight with boxer Patrick Nielsen, that mimicked Mayweather vs McGregor, but with the former WBC silver middleweight champion unsuccessfully trying his hand at mixed martial arts, as Madsen finished the fight within three minutes.
As the pre-fight hype for the event concludes, all attention will seemingly be on Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero, but perhaps as the event concludes on the night, the talk from the wider community will be of Denmark’s Mark Madsen and his fighting future.