Mark Madsen Prepares For UFC Return Following Series Of Setbacks In Personal Life
UFC lightweight Mark Madsen is poised to finally return to the octagon after a series of personal and family issues, which forced him to stop fighting for a while.
The undefeated martial artist will face veteran fighter Clay Guida the day on Saturday in the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night: Cannonier versus Gastelum.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, Madsen said that he takes pride in the way he has come back to the UFC after breaking his jaw in his last fight against Austin Hubbard in March 2020.
The Olympic medalist, however, managed to win the contest via unanimous decision, propelling his win tally to 10.
Just when the fighter thought he was ready to fight again, he contracted coronavirus. Later, his wife testing positive for multiple sclerosis and water leakage in his house caused mold infestation. So he and his wife had to then relocate elsewhere.
“Might sound strange, but the last year, my family and I have been going through a lot of adversity. It actually started at my last fight. I broke my jaw early in the second round. I had to push through the fight. Went back home, got surgery on it. That surgery got infected. I needed a second surgery,” Madsen said.
“Time flies. How does it feel to be back? It feels absolutely amazing. Can’t tell you how proud I am, how thankful I am to be back,” he added.