Jeff "The Snowman" Monson has been competing in the sport of mixed martial arts for the last 13 years. During that time he has fought in over 50 mma bouts as well as countless grappling tournaments. He is a polarizing figure with an intimating appearance but speaks with a soft voice. A self confessed anarchist with a masterís degree in psychology, Jeff is not your typical fighter. Not by a long shot.
Jeff Monson was born in St. Paul Minnesota on January 18th 1971. He began his long list of grappling credentials when he was a Division 1 wrestler at the University of Illinois where he was a Pac-10 champion. Jeff continued to hone his grappling skills at American Top Team in Coconut Creek Florida, where he attained the rank of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under Master Ricardo Liborio. His dominant grappling skills were to put to use and the titles began piling up from such events as NAGA, Grapplers Quest and FILA.
Monson's skills had gotten him noticed by the most prestigious no-gi grappling tournament in the world, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club. In 1999, Jeff competed at the tournament and went on the win the under 99kg division. He gained his nickname the snowman at this tournament by the Brazilian fighters, as they said he was like a snowball getting bigger and stronger after defeating each opponent.
Jeff began his MMA career in 1997 and would compete in the UFC in its somewhat early years at UFC 27. He won the fight against Tim Lajcik by unanimous decision and was invited back at UFC 29 to face Chuck Liddell. Jeff would go on to lose that fight and another Ricco Rodriguez seeing his exit from the promotion. It would take 4 years and an incredible 13 fight win streak for the snowman to receive the call back to the UFC. At UFC 57 Jeff would go on to win submission of the night honours for choking out veteran wrestler Branden Lee Hinkle. Then at UFC 59 Jeff would face off against a familiar opponent in Marcio Cruz. They had met many times on the grappling maps in no-gi competition, but this was a different kind of fight. Jeff would go on to out strike Cruz and take the split decision. Next up for Jeff was a fight with Australian fighter Anthony Perosh. The fight didnít see a second round and Jeff was awarded Knock out of the Night Honours. With three big wins in the Octagon the Snowman was given the opportunity to fight for the title against 6 foot 8 Tim Syliva. At only 5 foot 9, it was safe to say Jeff needed to get the fight to the ground. The fight lasted all five rounds and was awarded to the champ. Again, Jeff would find himself ejected from the UFC but his MMA journey would continue and take all over the world in the process.
Since Monson's last fight in the UFC he has complied a respectable mma record of 19 wins and 8 losses. He was able to fight some of the top competition the world had to offer including Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo, Kazuyuki Fujita, Ricco Rodriquez, Sergei Kharitonov, and Daniel Cormier. During this time Jeff had many of fights on foreign soil such as England, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Australia, France, Brazil, Northern Ireland, Japan, and the Philippines. Jeffís next fight may be the biggest of his career, as he is scheduled to face the former number one heavyweight in the world in Fedor Emelianenko..
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