UFC Dublin star Reza Madadi recounts how he saved a drowning child 7 years ago

UFC Dublin star Reza Madadi recounts how he saved a drowning child

Norman Parke's opponent for UFC Dublin today opened up about how he once saved the life of a father and son in Sweden.

Iranian-born fighter Reza Madadi was speaking at the 3Arena on his return to the sport, having been sidelined from fighting for over two and a half years after being found guilty of aggravated robbery in Sweden.

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Madadi confirmed that prior to his stint in the slammer, he saved a toddler from drowning in the Swedish capital.

"The weather was very nice in Stockholm. I was out with my friend and I saw a German father walk past with his two kids. One of them put the little 2-year old kid beside him. He didn't see the kid drop (into the water) and, of course, I jump and I save them. The father jumped in too and got panicked and he couldn't swim so I saved him also."

He revealed that a crowd had gathered where the incident took place, but the fighter was reluctant to pose for photos.

"People wanted to take pictures and I said no. I didn't do it to show the media, so no picture. There was one UFC fan there. He took a picture with me 10 minutes before I saved the kid."

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When pressed about why he chose to risk his life to save the strangers, Madadi didn't hesitate with his response.

"Of course (my instinct took over), we're all human. Unfortunately, I have a bad reputation, media label me 'bad guy' and 'bad boy' I'm fine with that, no problem. But, I'm willing to give my life to save somebody else's."

Life-saver Madadi will be looking to end Norman Parke's UFC career when the two throw down in UFC Dublin's co-main event on Saturday.