BIOAn American mixed martial artist from Olympia, Washington. He is a two-time winner of the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, and a No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion. He holds the Heavyweight titles in the International Sport Karate Association and the Strength & Honor Championship, and is affiliated with American Top Team, based in Coconut Creek, Florida. He has competed in the UFC, PRIDE, Dream, Strikeforce, M-1 Challenge, Sengoku, Impact FC, and Israel FC.
Mixed martial arts careerJeff Monson vs. Sergej Maslobojev in the Cage Wars Championship event "Decade".
After 14 straight victories Monson turned to the UFC. At UFC 57 Monson submitted Branden Lee Hinkle by North–south choke in the first round. At UFC 59 Monson fought BJJ black belt Marcio Cruz (his longtime rival and ADCC veteran). Monson won by decision after 3 rounds. At UFC 61 Monson fought BJJ black belt Anthony Perosh, against whom Monson won by TKO in the first round.
On November 18, 2006 at UFC 65, Monson fought Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight championship. Monson lost a five round decision and would later ask to be released from his UFC contract in the hopes of facing then PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at a BodogFIGHT scheduled for March 2007. However, negotiations fell through and the match did not happen during that time. Eventually Jeff Monson fought Fedor 4 years later. At the main event of PRIDE 34, on April 8, 2007, Monson defeated Kazuyuki Fujita by rear naked choke at 6:37 of the opening round.
His next fight was scheduled to be against Chris Guillen on August 17, 2007 for the Global Fighting Championships' heavyweight title, but the event was canceled after four of the eight scheduled bouts were removed from the card. He lost the fight against Pedro Rizzo at Art of War 3 which was held on September 1, 2007. During the bout, Monson displayed a much improved level of striking, and kept the fight standing virtually the entire time.
On September 7, 2007, Monson won a total of two matches in the FILA World Championship in Turkey, defeating France's Zoro Piere and Great Britain's Tom Blackledge with submissions. Monson was awarded the 275-pound gold medal when his final opponent Ramon Diaz suffered an injury and was forced to bow out. Jeff Monson defeated Ricco Rodriguez in the main event of Mixed Fighting Alliance "There Will Be Blood" event on December 13, 2008. He avenged a loss to Rodriguez from almost 7 years prior.
On March 21, 2009, Jeff won a controversial decision against "Big Country" Roy Nelson on Roy Jones Jr.'s hybrid boxing/MMA card "March Badness". He then beat Sergej Maslobojev on a Cage Wars card on On March 29, 2009. Jeff immediately went to Japan and beat top Russian Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov on April 5, 2009 at Dream 8, giving him 3 wins within two weeks.
On September 12, 2009 at Bitetti Combat MMA 4, Monson had his seven fight win streak snapped, losing to Pedro Rizzo by unanimous decision. At 5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League - New Years Revolution, Monson defeated John Brown by Split Decision on January 16, 2010.
On March 13, 2010 Monson fights in France at 100% Fight II and defeated Francisco Nonato by submission (Guillotine Choke) in the 1st Round. Monson losing to Travis Wiuff by Split Decision at XKL Evolution 2 on April 24, 2010. On May 14, 2010 Monson losing in Abu Dhabi to Shamil Abdurahimov by Majority Decision at Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship in the Quarter Finals of the 2010 Openweight Grand Prix.
Jeff Monson defeated Bira Lima at Impact FC 1 - The Uprising: Brisbane in Australia on July 10, 2010 by Unanimous Decision. Monson faced Jason Guida on August 21, 2010 at the event called "Fight Time 1". Monson defeated Jason Guida at 3:04 of the second round with a guillotine choke.
His next fight was scheduled to be against Neil Wain at "KnuckleUp - Kings of the North", but Neil Wain has had to pull out his fight, due to injuries occurred from his last fight. Stepping in to replace Neil Wain, is the very man who took Wain out of the fight, Dave Keeley. Monson defeated Keeley via Submission (via north–south choke) in the 1st Round.
Monson defeated Sergey Shemetov at the inaugural Israel Fighting Championship event on Nov. 9. After the fight, he said he wanted to drop down to 205 pounds for his next fight and his friend, Ricco Rodriguez, who later won his fight in the main event, said he wanted to fight Monson for the IFC at light heavyweight.
In 2011, Monson defeated Lee Mein on January 7, and Tony Lopez on April 1 by five round decision. Jeff Monson's next fight was against Maro Perak where he won a three round decision.
Monson says that after he fights in April and May, he hopes the UFC wants him back, but this time he would like to fight in the light heavyweight division.
Monson stepped in for injured Shane del Rosario to face prospect Daniel Cormier on the June 18 Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum card in Dallas, and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Monson defeated Paul Taylor in Tower Ballroom, Birmingham (UK) at the Sprawl n Brawl promotion on October 9, 2011.
Monson fought Fedor Emelianenko at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson on November 20, 2011 in Moscow, Russia and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Monson is unbeaten in his four fights since the Fedor loss, and in June 2012 signed a four-fight deal with Indian MMA promotion, Super Fight League. Monson was originally announced to fight at SFL 4 on September 29 against former UFC fighter Todd Duffee but after the event was pushed back twice the SFL decided to change the structure of their shows, with weekly events replacing monthly events. Duffee and SFL agreed his departure in September and he is currently fighting in the UFC. Following this news, the fight was cancelled.
Personal lifeMonson has three children, Joshua, Michaela and Willow. Monson also has younger brother named Derek Hill who is a police officer and has two children himself.
On January 14, 2009, Monson was charged with First Degree Malicious Mischief, for vandalizing the Washington State Capitol by spray-painting "an anarchy symbol, a peace symbol and the words 'no poverty' and 'no war'" on the large columns at the front of the building. A warrant was issued by a Thurston County Superior Court Judge after pictures of Monson committing the crime were printed in ESPN magazine.
On July 29, 2009 Monson pleaded guilty to malicious mischief and entered an Alford plea for graffiti. In October 2009, he was sentenced to 90 days of work release and ordered to pay $21,894 in restitution. The price of the fine has since accrued interest, with the current amount being $24,749.80. As of January 2011, he had only paid $421 of his court-ordered restitution.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial ArtsInternational Sport Karate Association
ISKA World Heavyweight Championship (One time; First; Current)
Sprawl 'N Brawl
SB Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (One time; Current)
Strength and Honor Championship
SHC Heavyweight Championship (One time; Current)
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
Cage Warriors Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Knockout of the Night (One time)
PRIDE Fighting Championships
Fought in the main event in the last fight in PRIDE History
X Fighting Championships
XFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
SportFight Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Away Kalye Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Submission grapplingAbu Dhabi Combat Club
2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Bronze Medalist
2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist
2001 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
1999 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist
International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
2012 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist
2011 FILA Grand Prix Espoir No-Gi Absolute Silver Medalist
2008 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist
2007 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist
International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
2007 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt No-Gi Absolute Gold Medalist
2007 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt No-Gi Silver Medalist
2001 Pan American Championships Blue Belt Gold Medalist
USA Wrestling FILA World Team Trials Senior No-Gi Winner (2007, 2008)
FILA World Team Trials Senior No-Gi Runner-up (2009)
On the Mat 2009 Submission Grappler of the year
2004 Submission Grappler of the Year
Amateur wrestlingUSA Wrestling Northwest Senior Greco-Roman Regional Championship (1998)
Northwest Senior Freestyle Regional Championship Runner-up (1998)
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Pac-10 Conference Championship (1992)