Don Madge
Magic Man

South Africa

Possible long medical suspension
September 11, 2019
Madge has been suspended 180 days pending a physician's clearance due to a right hand injury, Dave Doyle of report.
Specifics of the injury are unknown, but Madge will now have to wait until March for his next fight unless cleared earlier by a doctor. "Magic Man" is now 2-0 under the UFC banner, successfully using his grappling to avoid strikes from his opponents. He's absorbed just 15 significant strikes combined over those two UFC fights.
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Leans heavily on grappling in win
September 7, 2019
Madge defeated Fares Ziam via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 242 in The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
After Madge's electrifying UFC debut against Te Edwards in October, fans likely weren't expecting the South African to lean on a clinch-heavy attack, but it was clear from the outset that he was respectful of his opponent's likely kickboxing advantage. This lead to a tremendous amount of stalling up against the fence, with Madge scoring takedowns in Rounds 2 and 3 to secure the victory. Madge can be a fun action fighter in the right matchup, but this simply wasn't the best opponent for him to showcase his skills. Madge moves to 9-3-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory,
Finds new opponent
August 21, 2019
Madge (8-3-1) is now scheduled to fight Fares Ziam at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, reports.
After his original opponent, Magomed Mustafaev withdrew from the bout Monday, the South African quickly found a new combatant. Madge is currently riding high on a four-match winning streak, and should fancy his chances in the preliminary portion of the card against Ziam, who will be debuting in his first professional fight in the UFC.
Seeking new opponent at UFC 242
August 20, 2019
Madge (8-3-1) is no longer scheduled to face Magomed Mustafaev (14-3-0) in a lightweight fight Sept. 7 at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi after the latter withdrew form the bout Monday, Nolan King of reports.
Madge insinuated in a since-deleted post on his personal Twitter account that a doping violation was behind Mustafaev's withdrawal before later recanting those allegations in a follow-up post. It's thus unknown why exactly Mustafaev is opting out of the Abu Dhabi event, but the promotion is still preparing to include Madge as part of the preliminary portion of the card. Expect the UFC to announce a new opponent for Madge within the next few days.
Added to UFC 242
June 29, 2019
Madge will take on Magomed Mustafaev in a lightweight matchup at UFC 242 on Sept. 7, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Madge opened his UFC career with a stoppage victory over Te Edwards that won him a Performance of a Night bonus, but that matchup occurred back in October of 2018, and he hasn't been in the cage since. That victory brought Madge's winning streak to four, which will warrant a tougher opponent this time around. Mustafaev is 3-1 under the UFC banner, but it will be Madge entering with height and reach advantages.
Stops Te Edwards early in the second round at UFC Moncton
October 27, 2018
Madge defeated Te Edwards via TKO (head kick) at 0:14 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Madge had a memorable performance in his UFC debut. He scored a knockdown at the start of the fight. However, Edwards was able to score a takedown and work from the top. Madge threatened with an armbar from the bottom and nearly finished the fight. In the second round, Madge landed a pair of head kicks very early in the round and finished the fight. Many did not think a lot about a fighter from South Africa, but he got it done.