Don Madge literally glued himself back together on the road to his debut head kick knockout win at UFC Moncton on Saturday night.
UFC Moncton — Don Madge went through quite the ordeal before finally making his UFC debut at UFC Moncton over the weekend. The end result could not have gone better, with Madge finishing opponent Te Edwards in the first round, ending the affair with a crushing head kick. Getting there, however, was half the battle. Not that Edwards didn’t prove to be a very tough opponent, as Madge explained to reporters including Cageside Press after the bout.
“I’m surprised he didn’t tap from that arm-bar. I thought I was going to break it,” Madge said afterwards. “I know exactly what happened, I didn’t shift my hips enough, and he managed to roll over. Props to him. Most guys tap to that stuff. I’m a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, and I tap guys with that all the time. So props to him for defending that.”
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In the cage, Madge called for one of UFC Moncton’s Performance of the Night bonuses. While he didn’t know at the time, in the end, he got it. As for what he wants to do with the money, “I’ve got quite a few plans. Without giving too much away, my mom’s taken care of me for my whole life, and I would like to just sort of help her, pay her back.”
Elaborating, Madge said that “no one wants to see their parents working until they’re old, until they’re getting on in years. I’d like her to, sort of start calming down and enjoying her life. Hopefully I can take care of her one day.”
The road to Moncton was a bumpy one for Don Madge (8-3-1), a former EFC lightweight champion.
“It’s been a rough year, I broke my rib. I was supposed to fight in May in Liverpool, and I had to pull out two weeks before that,” he explained. “I got cut four weeks ago, I had ten stitches in my eye. It’s been a rough year, I think I’m going to take the rest of the year off to just recover, because god knows I’m banged up. But I would like to get in early next year for sure.”
Not once, however, did it cross his mind to drop off the UFC Fight Night 138 card in Moncton. “There was no f*cking way I was pulling out of this fight. I would have fought there, if I had to put staples in, I would have done something.”
“I went and bought superglue, I super-glued my eye,” he revealed. “I got another one like a week before, I cut myself again, I super-glued that. There was no way I was getting out of this fight.”