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Reza Madadi saves drowning child and father

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Swedish UFC fighter Reza Madadi is on a huge win streak. His victories include wins over Yoislandy Izquierdo, Rich Clementi, Carlo Prater and death. He saved a drowning toddler and his father in Sweden on Aug. 3.
After kayaking in the Stockholm Archipelago, he was headed to lunch when he saw a 1-year-old fall off of a pier into the water. The child's father jumped in after his son. Instinct kicked in for Madadi, who once trained to be a firefighter, and he jumped in after the father.
"Everyone just panicked but I didn't even think, I just acted on instinct," Madadi said. "I could tell the man was very upset, but at the same time relieved. It's easier said than done to act fast in situations like these. The problem is that many people start to think, but there is no time for thinking."
Madadi brought them to safety. The coolest part of the report is that when people who were watching from the shore asked to take a picture of Madadi with the family, he said no out of respect of the shaken up family.
Fighters have been in the life-saving business before. Nick Ring came to the aid of a couple being mugged in Calgary. Jon Jones did the same the morning he won the UFC light heavyweight belt.
I just love stories like this. Sure there is always an exception to the 'rule', but MMA fighters just seem like the most respectful and down to earth people in the sports world.


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I just love stories like this. Sure there is always an exception to the 'rule', but MMA fighters just seem like the most respectful and down to earth people in the sports world.


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I think it has a lot to do with the fact that a lot of them have day-jobs to go with their athletic careers. Once the sport becomes big enough that they all become full-time athletes and make tons of money in the process, they'll be more like other athletes.

Good for Reza. Sounds like the kind of situation that can turn real bad real quick.
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I think it has a lot to do with the fact that a lot of them have day-jobs to go with their athletic careers. Once the sport becomes big enough that they all become full-time athletes and make tons of money in the process, they'll be more like other athletes.

Good for Reza. Sounds like the kind of situation that can turn real bad real quick.

As much as I hope that isn't the case, sadly you are probably right

I love listening to UFC fighters on the Opie & Anthony (SirusXM radio show). They're all very down to earth and likeable. I just hope money doesn't go to their heads in the future and start getting the NFL/Actor/Musician mentalities
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I think it has a lot to do with the fact that a lot of them have day-jobs to go with their athletic careers. Once the sport becomes big enough that they all become full-time athletes and make tons of money in the process, they'll be more like other athletes.

Good for Reza. Sounds like the kind of situation that can turn real bad real quick.
I disagree. I think most UFC fighters are full-time athletes already, and the real reason they are the way they are is because martial arts and the toughness of fighting produces traits of respect and humility amongst its practitioners.
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I disagree. I think most UFC fighters are full-time athletes already, and the real reason they are the way they are is because martial arts and the toughness of fighting produces traits of respect and humility amongst its practitioners.
There have been plenty of fighters stating they have jobs on the side. Mostly mid to lower tier fighters that can't live off of the money they make fighting yet.


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Yeah I'd have to assume those guys making $8,000 or so per fight would have to have another source of income. Even with some sponsorship money, the ones with families to feed probably aren't getting what they need to make it work.
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Yeah I'd have to assume those guys making $8,000 or so per fight would have to have another source of income. Even with some sponsorship money, the ones with families to feed probably aren't getting what they need to make it work.
Even $30,000 a fight isn't so much if you're only fighting 2-3 times a year and you factor in training and travel expenses, along with whatever medical treatments aren't covered by insurance, and stuff like nutrition supplements.
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