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UFC fighter saves drowning toddler

The last time Swedish UFC fighter Reza Madadi made headlines in his home country, it was over his suspected involvement in the daring helicopter robbery of a Stockholm cash depot. He was later cleared of any involvement (or totally got away with it), but it’s nice to see him getting some press over a more positive story:

UFC lightweight Reza Madadi saved a toddler and his father from drowning Friday in Sweden, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the promotion.

According to the release, Madadi was kayaking in the Stockholm archipelago when he stopped to buy lunch in the town of Hornsberg. That plan was derailed, however, when he noticed a toddler fall from a pier into the sea. The boy’s father jumped in after him, and Madadi soon followed, helping both parties out of water.

“Everyone just panicked, but I didn’t even think. I just acted on instinct,” Madadi stated in the release. “I could tell the man was very upset, but at the same time relieved. It’s easier said than done to act fast in situations like these. The problem is that many people start to think, but there is no time for thinking.”

See, cage fighters aren’t just a bunch of steroid users and naked church defilers. Well, they aren’t all naked church defilers anyways.

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