Las Vegas, NV – UFC lightweight Mark Madsen comes into UFC Vegas 64 against Grant Dawson riding a 4-fight UFC win streak as he looks to make it 5 on Saturday night.
Madsen (12-0) earned a decision win over Vinc Pichel at UFC 273 in April.
“Last fight? It was a win. I love winning. I love growing, and that was a fight that really pushed me to grow so great fight,” Madsen told the media on Wednesday.
Madsen has made the move to Arizona with his family to train at Fight Ready in Scottsdale.
“Life is good. I mean we are living the American dream. We’re living the Ultimate Fighting Championship dream. I moved over with my family. Wife, two kids, we’re living down in Scottsdale, Phoenix. I’m surrounded with some of the best coaches in the game at Fight Ready. I have guys like Henry Cejudo to help and guide me in this process. So it’s great,” Madsen said.
Madsen was supposed to take on Drakkar Klose this Saturday, but will now take on Grant Dawson instead. Klose suffered an injury forcing him to withdraw from the bout.
“I’m still excited to fight Drakkar Klose. I can’t wait to get in there and punch my right hand through his face. He called me out early. He’s been going at it on social media. Even told me to meet him at Mayo Clinic. I actually went there. He was supposed to have a surgery. I asked the front desk. Nobody heard about Drakkar, nobody seen him,” he said.
“So I don’t know what’s going on with Drakkar. I know he pulled out, but let me send a message right here. I’m ready to fight Drakkar Klose any time, and if it’s a case of him not being injured severely as some people say….I mean I’m ready to go tomorrow.”
So does that mean he was going to fight Klose at a hospital?
“I was going to fight Drakkar Klose anywhere he wanted to…even at a hospital,” Madsen said.
“Let me go over the game plan. Kick the crutches, punch him in the face, I mean…I don’t know if Mayo Clinic is paying for that. Any way he wanted it.”
Dawson stepped in on short notice giving Madsen an opponent for Saturday.
“Short notice fight. So far great matchup. Undefeated vs. undefeated in the UFC. There’s always a nice ring to that. Grant has been dominating with his wrestling and his grappling. Some amazing skills in the areas where I also have amazing skills,” Madsen said.
“I’m excited. It’s a great matchup and…this is really a fight that will put me towards the top 15. The big fights and going in there and putting a clinic on Grant Dawson, getting a dominant win, and really putting him away is going to put me on the map.”
Watch the entire media day scrum with Mark Madsen above. He takes on Grant Dawson at UFC Vegas 64 on Saturday night.