|Born||Jeffrey William Monson 
January 18, 1971
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Other names||The Snowman|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||238.1 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)
Light Heavyweight (205 lb)(2000)
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Oregon State University|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for United States|
|Men's Submission grappling|
|ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships|
|Bronze||2009 Barcelona||+99 kg|
|Gold||2005 Long Beach||+99 kg|
|Silver||2001 Abu Dhabi||+99 kg|
|Silver||2000 Abu Dhabi||-99 kg|
|Gold||1999 Abu Dhabi||-99 kg|
|FILA Grappling World Championships|
|Gold||2012 Kraków||+100 kg (No-Gi)|
|Gold||2008 Lucerne||-125 kg (No-Gi)|
|Gold||2007 Antalya||-125 kg (No-Gi)|
|IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships|
|Gold||2007 Carson||Open (Black; No-Gi)|
|Silver||2007 Carson||+97.5 kg (Black; No-Gi)|
|Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships|
|Gold||2001 Kissimmee||+100 kg (Blue)|
Jeffrey William Monson (born January 18, 1971) is an 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. Monson holds notable victories over Tengiz Tedoradze(2x), Devin Cole, Branden Lee Hinkle, Marcio Cruz, Anthony Perosh, Kazuyuki Fujita, Mark Kerr, Jimmy Ambriz(2x), Ricco Rodriguez, Roy Nelson, Sergei Kharitonov, Jason Guida, and Alexander Emelianenko.
Monson was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he also grew up for most of his childhood. His father was in the United States military and the young Monson moved to where his father was stationed in Hamburg, Germany, and lived there for three years as a boy. Monson attended Timberline High School, where he wrestled and was extremely competitive, becoming bulimic to make weight for his matches. Monson continued as a Division I wrestler at Oregon State University and at the University of Illinois, and was a Pac-10 champion. He also competed at senior level at USA Wrestling events for a number of years.
Monson is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Champion. He is a mixed martial arts fighter and has had three professional boxing bouts. His professional boxing record is two wins and one draw.
Monson is considered to be one of the world's top submission grapplers. He is a multiple event winner at NAGA, Grapplers Quest and FILA, among other submission tournaments. He is nicknamed "The Snowman" for his performance at the 1999 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship. The Brazilian fighters at the tournament gave him the nickname because he came in as an unknown, but beat four Brazilians in a row to win the 88-98 kilogram weight class. As he went along in the tournament and continued to beat his opponents, they said he was like a snowball (white, compact, rolling and getting bigger and stronger as the tournament went on).
Monson is known for his anarchist views and affiliations. In an interview, he explained, "I am an anarchist, someone who would like to do away with all class hierarchy in society and the institutions that promote this inequality."  He correspondingly receives sponsorship from AK Press and has several anarchist symbols tattooed on his body. In solidarity, Monson is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies).
Monson has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and also a Master's Degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he was the assistant coach of the wrestling team . For a few years he worked as a mental health professional, both in a crisis evaluation role for Cascade Mental Health in Lewis County, Washington, as well as a child/family counselor. He has had such major success in Abu Dhabi and other MMA shows that he left the mental health profession to devote himself full-time to mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 life 
Monson and his ex-wife have two children, Joshua and Michaela. Jeff married Danielle Dughan in April of 2010. They gave birth to their daughter, Willow, on June 9, 2010. They live in West Palm Beach, FL. 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 Arts 
- International 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)
- X Fighting Championships
- XFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- SportFight Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Submission grappling 
- Abu 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
- International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
- USA Wrestling
- On the Mat
- 2009 Submission Grappler of the year
- 2004 Submission Grappler of the Year
Amateur wrestling 
- USA Wrestling
- Northwest Senior Greco-Roman Regional Championship (1998)
- Northwest Senior Freestyle Regional Championship Runner-up (1998)
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|63 matches||49 wins||13 losses|
|Win||49-13-1||Dražen Forgač||TKO (torn ACL)||Strength & Honor Championship 7||March 9, 2013||2||0:58||Geneva, Switzerland||Defended SHC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||48-13-1||Dong Gook Kang||Decision (unanimous)||Road FC 10: Monson vs. Kang||November 24, 2012||3||5:00||Busan, South Korea|
|Win||47-13-1||Alexander Emelianenko||Submission (north-south choke)||M-1 Challenge 35||November 15, 2012||2||3:17||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||46-13-1||Denis Komkin||Submission (north-south choke)||M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo||June 21, 2012||1||1:58||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||45-13-1||Jim York||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Fighting Championships 21||May 18, 2012||3||5:00||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Draw||44-13-1||Chaban Ka||Draw||100% Fight 11: Explosion||May 11, 2012||3||5:00||Paris, France|
|Win||44-13||Alexey Oleinik||Decision (split)||M-1 Challenge 31||March 16, 2012||3||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||43-13||Fedor Emelianenko||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson||November 20, 2011||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||43-12||Paul Taylor||Submission (rear naked choke)||Sprawl n Brawl 8: Return of the Cyborg||October 9, 2011||1||4:20||Edgbaston, Birmingham, England||Won SNB Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||42-12||Daniel Cormier||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum||June 18, 2011||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||Strikeforce 2011 Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.|
|Win||42-11||Maro Perak||Decision (unanimous)||SHC 4: Monson vs. Perak||April 30, 2011||3||5:00||Geneva, Switzerland||Won SHC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||41-11||Tony Lopez||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Time 4: MMA Heavyweight Explosion||April 1, 2011||5||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||Won ISKA World Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||40-11||Lee Mein||Submission (guillotine choke)||CFM 1: Monson vs. Mein||January 7, 2011||1||3:31||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||39-11||Sergey Shemetov||Submission (keylock)||Israel FC: Genesis||November 9, 2010||1||4:09||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Win||38-11||Travis Fulton||Submission (kimura)||FTP: Fight Time 2||October 23, 2010||1||4:40||Pompano Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||37-11||Dave Keeley||Submission (north-south choke)||KUMMA: Kings of the North||September 4, 2010||1||1:41||Lancashire, England|
|Win||36-11||Jason Guida||Submission (rear naked choke)||FTP: Fight Time 1||August 21, 2010||2||3:04||Pompano Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||35-11||Ubiratan Marinho Lima||Decision (unanimous)||Impact FC 1||July 10, 2010||3||5:00||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||34-11||Shamil Abdurahimov||Decision (majority)||ADFC: Battle of the Champions||May 14, 2010||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||34-10||Travis Wiuff||Decision (split)||CFX / XKL: Mayhem in Minneapolis||April 24, 2010||3||5:00||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||34-9||Francisco Nonato||Submission (guillotine choke)||100% Fight: 100 Percent Fight 2||March 13, 2010||1||2:27||Paris, France|
|Win||33-9||John Brown||Decision (split)||5150 Combat League / XFL: New Year's Revolution||January 16, 2010||3||5:00||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||32-9||Pedro Rizzo||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat MMA 4||September 12, 2009||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||32-8||Jimmy Ambriz||Submission (rear naked choke)||TC 33: Bad Intentions||July 11, 2009||1||1:09||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||31-8||Sergei Kharitonov||Submission (north-south choke)||Dream 8||April 5, 2009||1||1:42||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||30-8||Sergej Maslobojev||Submission (north-south choke)||CW 11: Decade||March 29, 2009||2||2:30||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||29-8||Roy Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||SRP: March Badness||March 21, 2009||3||5:00||Pensacola, Florida, United States|
|Win||28-8||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||MFA: There Will Be Blood||December 13, 2008||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||27-8||Jimmy Ambriz||Submission (north-south choke)||Beatdown: 4 Bears Casino||October 11, 2008||1||1:50||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||26-8||Mark Kerr||Submission (rear naked choke)||Vengeance Fighting Championship 1||September 27, 2008||1||3:15||Concord, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||25-8||Josh Barnett||Decision (unanimous)||Sengoku: Second Battle||May 18, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||25-7||Hakim Gouram||Decision (unanimous)||PFP: Ring of Fire||December 9, 2007||3||5:00||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Loss||24-7||Pedro Rizzo||TKO (punches)||Art of War 3||September 1, 2007||3||2:40||Dallas, Texas, United States||For UAFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||24-6||Kazuyuki Fujita||Submission (rear naked choke)||Pride 34||April 8, 2007||1||6:37||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||23-6||Tim Sylvia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 65||November 18, 2006||5||5:00||Sacramento, United States||For UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||23-5||Anthony Perosh||TKO (punches)||UFC 61||July 8, 2006||1||2:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||22-5||Márcio Cruz||Decision (split)||UFC 59||April 15, 2006||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||21-5||Branden Lee Hinkle||Technical submission (north-south choke)||UFC 57||February 4, 2006||1||4:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20-5||Marc Emmanuel||Submission (rear naked choke)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||November 26, 2005||1||0:58||Coventry, England||Defended CWFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||19-5||Devin Cole||Decision (unanimous)||XFC: Dome of Destruction 3||October 15, 2005||3||5:00||Tacoma, Washington, United States||Won XFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||18-5||Jay White||Submission (rear naked choke)||SF 12: Breakout||September 16, 2005||1||1:21||Portland, Oregon, United States||Won SportFight Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||17-5||Rich Wilson||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Wars: X-1||July 2, 2005||1||1:56||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||16-5||Tengiz Tedoradze||Submission (rear naked choke)||CWFC: Ultimate Force||April 30, 2005||1||1:59||Sheffield, England||Defended CWFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15-5||Jay White||Submission (injury)||Euphoria: USA vs. the World||February 26, 2005||1||4:07||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14-5||Brian Stromberg||Submission (rear naked choke)||SF 8: Justice||January 7, 2005||1||N/A||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||13-5||Tengiz Tedoradze||Submission (rear naked choke)||CWFC 9: Xtreme Xmas||December 18, 2004||1||3:51||Sheffield, England||Won CWFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||12-5||Pat Stano||TKO (knee to the body)||Euphoria: Road to the Titles||October 15, 2004||2||3:11||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11-5||Carlos Clayton||Decision||AFC: Brazil 1||August 28, 2004||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||10-5||Don Richards||Submission (north-south choke)||IHC 7: The Crucible||June 5, 2004||2||2:25||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9-5||Joe Nye||Submission (rear naked choke)||Mass Destruction 12||August 16, 2003||1||3:02||Taunton, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||8-5||Mike Delaney||Submission (choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 4||July 19, 2003||1||4:27||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||7-5||Forrest Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||WEFC 1: Bring it On||June 29, 2002||4||4:20||Marietta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||7-4||Ricco Rodriguez||TKO (punches)||UFC 35||January 11, 2002||3||3:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||7-3||Roman Roytberg||Submission (north-south choke)||AMC: Revenge of the Warriors||July 21, 2001||1||N/A||Rochester, Washington, United States|
|Loss||6-3||Chuck Liddell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 29||December 16, 2000||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6-2||Tim Lajcik||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 27||September 22, 2000||2||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||5-2||Bob Gilstrap||Decision (unanimous)||AMC: Return of the Gladiators 1||July 29, 2000||3||5:00||Rochester, Washington, United States|
|Loss||4-2||David Dodd||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Challenge 23||April 2, 1999||1||0:46||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4-1||Roger Neff||Decision||Ultimate Ring Challenge||March 1, 1999||3||5:00||Wenatchee, Washington, United States|
|Loss||3-1||Tom Sauer||Submission (rear naked choke)||Extreme Challenge 20||August 22, 1998||1||3:47||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3-0||John Renfroe||Submission (punches)||Ultimate Warrior Challenge||August 2, 1998||1||2:45||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||2-0||Cy Cross||Submission (choke)||UFCF: Night of Champions||March 14, 1998||1||3:47||Lynnwood, Washington, United States|
|Win||1-0||Luther Norberg||Decision (unanimous)||UFCF: Gladiators||November 21, 1997||1||N/A||No location reported|
Professional boxing record 
|2 Wins (2 knockouts, 0 decisions), 0 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Win||2-0-1||JC Hillard||TKO||2 (4), 2:11||2004-11-20||Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||1-0-1||Kenyatta Quitman||TKO||2 (4), 2:12||2004-05-15||Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, United States|
|Draw||0-0-1||Matt Ives||PTS||4||2004-04-23||Club Med, Port Saint Lucie, Florida, United States|
See also 
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of mixed martial artists with professional boxing records
- List of people from Olympia, Washington
- List of people who entered an Alford plea
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