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Former UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson charged with a felony

Former UFC heavyweight title competitor Jeff Monson has been charged with first degree malicious mischief in Washington for allegedly spray painting an anarchy symbol on the state capitol building. The action was caught on photograph in an article from ESPN the Magazine.

The report comes courtesy of the The Olympian newspaper.

First degree malicious mischief is a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of up to ten years in prison. The graffiti on the side of the building is said to have cost more than $19,000 to remove.

Currently out of state, Monson was contacted by the paper and said while he would be in contact with police he is unsure of his next step. He stated the graffiti was an act of protest against the war in Iraq and economic disparities between the rich and poor.

Monson last competed in the UFC with a late 2006 loss to then UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Since leaving the organization, Monson has a 5-2 record outside of the Octagon with his most recent fight being a decision win over Ricco Rodriguez in December.

  • benkordus says:

    go jeff go!

    charges are bullshit.

    viva la revolution.


  • Biggmoney21 says:

    Up to ten years for spraying? Where did this happen, Russia?

  • It is nice to see them going after a guy for a lifelong felony (and all that comes with it) while other crimes mindblowingly get misdemeanors.

  • bcolflesh says:

    That sucks.

  • king mob says:

    monson is my hero. that pic of him backing down those cops at that protest is absolutely awesome.

  • steven says:

    Real class act. What an idiot.

  • Dayzah says:

    Basically all that means is he was prolly high on crack.

  • Dayzah says:

    Basically all that means is he was prolly high on crack.

  • mburtoni says:

    I’m not one to give a guy crap for his political views, but if you act on anarchist instincts, it’s bound to get you in trouble. There’s nothing wrong with being idealistic, but Monson isn’t realistic at all. To think that spray painting an anarchy symbol is going to change anything about the gap between the rich and the poor is pretty stupid.

  • ric says:

    May he burn in HELL, for his actions. And may he never return to the UFC>

  • db says:

    19,000$ to paint over something? rofl.

  • darkmetal says:

    Everyone knows that Monson is a Che Gueverra luvin’ marxist; What I can’t understand is why he doesn’t move to a truly Marxist nation if he loves the system so much. Perhaps the idea of eating sugar cane and living on a few dollars a week doesn’t amuse him, otherwise he would flee to Cuba.

    Keep this guy out of the UFC, as it will mar the entire organization.

  • DamonO says:

    If he only waited a few weeks he could have done it on his 38th birthday. Seriously, grow up. While his views may be personal to him, this act will not change the world. Jeff, if you are reading this, there are better ways to go about your political views. Spray painting is childish, unless you do it for the sake of art and/or are doing it legally.

  • ihateemo says:


    “It is nice to see them going after a guy for a lifelong felony (and all that comes with it) while other crimes mindblowingly get misdemeanors.”

    Right, for example…driving like a maniac, smashing into cars and nearly hitting pedestrians in your honking great pickup – plea deal nets you 200 hours of community service.

    For spray painting on a government building (a freaking VICTIMLESS crime), someone could get ten years in prison.

    Charge Monson the cleanup costs and move on. If he so much as gets a whiff of prison something is SERIOUSLY wrong with this country.

    Russia, indeed.

  • KTru says:

    Monson’s message is an eye-opener but as stated before, not realistic. I for one do not agree with the way the judicial system warrants penalties. However, what he did (allegedally) is against the law and with his history, will be made an example of. I read the article and his views and opinions were very spot on in some aspects and scary as hell in others. There is nothing wrong in standing strong in your beliefs but you also need to keep your senses about it as well.

  • KTru says:

    Sorry for butchering allegedly

  • CMT says:

    Okay Monson that was pretty stupid tagging a federal building, especially having witnesses with cameras (ESPN). Then it was equally stupid for ESPN to print the pictures. What a bunch of morons. The $19000 was for muliple symbols from muliple people that night. I think Monson used to be a psychologist, so he is plenty smart not to be doing things like this. Pretty good article, I don’t agree with all his views, but he makes some interesting points. His is quite a charater.

  • Jonathan says:

    I don’t think spray painting the capitol is a victimless crime. Would spray painting your home or business be a victimless crime in your eyes? What about the likely dozens of visitors who travelled to see the building? The people who work there? The people of the entire state who have been slapped in the face?

    I’m not impressed. There are appropriate times and venues for the discussion of political views. I’m all for peaceful protest. This is the act of someone so intellectually bankrupt that they had no other means of expressing themselves. I wonder how many minds he changed in his community with this display?

  • BadMonkeyMW says:

    Go Snowman!! It’s going to take ‘unlawful’ actions to get people in this country to wake the fuck up and realize how screwed up our government is.

    And $19,000 to clean it up? Is the cleaning company owned by the governor’s brother or something? A perfect example of more government corruption. Assholes.

  • Tyler says:

    For everyone that says Monson should be smart enough not to do something so stupid did you ever stop and think he didn’t care if he got caught. That he was trying to make a point. I mean his views on politics and his way of life are not normal for most of mainstream America, but this isn’t some teenager committing vandalism. He is a smart guy and I doubt after deciding to do this he was thinking I hope I don’t get in trouble. Monson knows what most people haven’t figured out and that is this society is Fuck’d!
    Perfect example he could face up to 10 YEARS in Prison for spray painting a building! Talk about an extreme penalty. I’m sure no embezzlers or Corporate inside traders are ever going to face 10 years in Prison.

  • BigDave says:

    What a moron Monson is to be doing that type of thing. I mean thats the type of thing a teenager does. he should have to pay for the removal of the graffiti but not be jailed for it, what he should be jailed for is being a fucking idiot for thinking this was a good idea in the first place. Its not as if anything is gonna be changed because some dofuss spraypainted an anarcy symbol on a wall.

  • BadMonkeyMW says:

    Keep thinking that way BigDave. Keep quiet and stay in line like all the other sheep.

  • Anathema42 says:

    Not a big fan of Jeff by any means. But could someone explain to me why he’s facing 10 years for putting paint on a building and a certain MMA superstar is facing 200 hours of community service for endangering the lives of innocent bystanders?

    Am I the the only one that finds this f**ked?

  • BigDave says:

    Badmonkey it has nothing to do with being a sheep or staying in line. What it is, is there are far better ways to get your point across that may actually get something done or at least make mainstream news which will expose it to far more people then an MMA website (sorry 5oz). If he really wanted to change things or try to atleast he could have organized a rally or started a petition that would have got him heard and is a much more constructive form of civil dissobediance. What monson did was nothing more then destruction of private property which is the act of a mental miget not someone that actually wants to fight for social change.

  • ctateo says:

    although not an anarchist myself, nothing shows now much is wrong with this society than the idea that it cost over $19,000 to clean up a little spray paint from what looks like concrete.

  • Ron Burgundy says:

    Everyone needs to find last month’s ESPN the magazine issue and read the article on Jeff Monson before making their opinions. The article is a great look inside one of the most intelligent, well spoken MMA minds.

  • KOB says:

    i’m a big fan of the move! Now we don’t have to watch him in any more boring fights in the ufc

  • Chris says:

    Monson is nothing but a dirty commie. All you morons that are supporting him are filthy commies as well. And you wonder what is wong with this country. People like Monson are weak, do a bunch of roids, and become a boreing fighter to fill that empty spot they have. This so called “act of protest” is nothing but the act of a weak man. If he dont like it here he should leave for cuba or some other third world cess-pool that would be more fitting for a scumbag like him. OHHH but wait I doubt that such a weak and feable minded person like Monson would survive there. What a fool.

  • portland mma says:

    darkmetal hah you need to read up on your political ideologies, did you hear the word Marxism once and now you apply it to whatever? Marxism and Anarchism are too totally different things. William Godwin was an Anarchist not Che, he was a Marxist. Monson is an idiot bu the is a good fighter, I’m suprised he hasn’t been arrested before like when he was at the RNC in Minnesota.

  • ctownhood says:

    Wow…19k to remove the graffiti? I want that contract!!! I am all about freedom of speech and such, but you got to know defacing a government building is not going to go unpunished. I find the concept of anarchy amusing…..seems to be working well in Somalia……..

  • hindsightufuk says:

    wow, i cant believe how many of you fuckers are against him
    fuck you’s

  • OCD says:

    Anarchism, at its core, is about individuality and freedom from government. Marxism, is about collectivism and involvement of government. I have never understood why Monson thinks they are compatible. Supposedly he did this to protest the war in Iraq and worldwide economic inequalities. Anarchism, is being expressed in Iraq as we speak, so he’s off there. As far as rectifying economic inequalities, anarchists have no solution to that.

  • JOe K. says:

    Regardless if his philosophy is contradictory that doesn’t negate the fact that rampant economic equality exists and the war is an unnecessary tragedy.

    He saw injustice and wanted to let the people who could do the most about it (the government) know that he was against it.

    Not everyone handles it the same way. Some people petition and write letters, others get drunk, most turn a blind eye, and some bomb UN head quarters in the Gaza Strip claiming violence against Hamas.

    This whole thing is crazy! So I don’t think its that outlandish for someone to have an insane response to an insane situation.

    Religion (or at least the lack of separation of church and state) will kill us all. Religion is like Santa for adults except with judgment and righteous homicide.

  • portland mma says:

    How about getting a collective group of people together who want to make a difference. Bombard legislation, write letters, do everything you can but when you go out and spray paint a state capitol building like your a 16 year old misled youth then your going to put a negative spin on what your trying to do, which is how it will be viewed by the masses, which will negate anything positive your trying to accomplish. I’ve heard Monson rant on about politics a few times, he has a lot of good ideas but all in all his ideas of change are ultimately malnourished. Joe K, your telling me “He saw injustice and wanted to let the people who could do the most about it,” is a serious statement? Do you think the people in the Washington state capital building (in infamous liberal state anyway) were like wow that really made me think about economic disparity and wars…no, they were like some crazy guy is spray painting Anarchy signs on our buildings and thats about it. There is nothing wrong with political dissent, but there is everything wrong with defacing government property to prove a point you that you don’t really understand.

  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    It’s childish.

    It’s a poorly thought-out “protest” that only serves to stroke Monson’s ego and those who already support his beliefs.

    This isn’t going to change anyone’s mind regarding the war in Iraq, wealth distribution, or anything besides convincing someone that Monson is an idiot.

    And the thing about it is that he’s not. He should really know better.

  • JP says:

    what a douchebag, used to like him too. Now I will cheer whoever he fights.

  • truth says:

    “Arrested for what? Being awesome?”

  • JOEgun says:

    $19,000!!!!?? Up to 10 yrs!!!?? Federal shmederal. Nobody was injured or even came close. Its just friggin paint!!! Give me a break! That’s hardly “destruction” of property. I mean sure it was silly to do so knowing he’d be caught since it really won’t change the corruption that’s been in place since the invasion of this land, but c’mon! Simply ridiculous consequences. Next time smash a pigs face in, lol.

  • JOEgun says:

    $19,000!!!!?? Up to 10 yrs!!!?? Federal shmederal. Nobody was injured or even came close. Its just friggin paint!!! Give me a break! That’s hardly “destruction” of property. I mean sure it was silly to do so knowing he’d be caught since it really won’t change the corruption that’s been in place since the invasion of this land, since the beginning of government for that matter, but c’mon! Simply ridiculous consequences. Next time smash a pigs face in, lol.

  • portland mma says:

    The funny thing is I think he was home free on getting in trouble for this, that was until ESPN the magazine printed the pictures for the entire nation to see.

  • MWMMA says:

    Must be D.C. for $19,000. Only there would people not blink at that price tag or maybe Mass

  • Justin Van Hook says:

    I wonder if this will end any speculation about a possible return to the UFC?

    I think it’s hilarious that any of you fools would talk shit about Jeff Monson for this here of all places. What do his political views have to do with you? If you don’t agree with him that’s fine but what good will it do to call him names on an mma website? Your really changing the world with every keystroke. Me too for that matter.

    That guy spouting off about commies was priceless, there’s a level-headed critique. What an incredible dickskin!

  • JOe K. says:

    I never said I agreed with what he did.

    I am just saying that if a man has given up on the system then writing letters is pointless.

  • Alvis says:

    holy shit what size of Anarchy symbol did he spray?

    $19k lolololol thAts’a a joke

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Washington state is pretty tolerant, at least in Olympia, so it’s unlikely Monson will face jail time. There’s little doubt he’ll have to pay damages, and possibly fines, too. Anarchists caused riots and significant property damage in Seattle a while back, so it’s unlikely he’ll walk free.

    And somebody has to explain to me how he reconciles professional fighting with anarchistic ideals. After all, he’s being paid money (gasp!) by corporations (good god!) to perform in an organized, for profit enterprise (oh, the humiliation!). Probably pays taxes to “the man”, too. (oh, the horror!).

    What a self indulgent wanker.

  • CMT says:

    Good point Mike W.

  • portland mma says:

    But spray painting letters on buildings isn’t?

  • portland mma says:

    Justin Van Hook atleast i’m talking crap about Jeff Monson rather than faceless people on the internet. I love when people come into forums and give their opinion on why its dumb to give your opinion.

  • portland mma says:

    Those weren’t anarchist Mike, there were all different kinds of people in Seattle at that march and they were standing up against NAFTA, not some crazy anarchy bull crap. Also 98 percent of the people there were there for a good reason it was the Jeff Monsons of the group who made the real protesters look illegitimate, like recently did to himself.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Portland mma

    I wasn’t at the “Battle in Seattle” and the whole thing was a giant “ho hum” for me. But if you do an internet search on it you’ll find that it involved anarchists, including a bunch from Eugene who’d fought with police earlier in the year. They later claimed that they intentionally targeted and vandalized corporations including Starbucks, Bank of America and Planet Hollywood, of all things, for “corporate crimes”. And I think they were protesting against the World Trade Organization, which was in town for a conference. The Northwest has always been a hotbed for such people dating back to the IWW and the labor movement in the early 1900’s.

    Ok, that was admittedly way off topic. Getting back to Monson, if he’s criminally charged and convicted, his biggest problem may be the impact on his ability to travel internationally. Some countries including the U.S. deny visas to convicted criminals. In these days of heightened fears about terrorists and political extremists, it was a particularly foolish idea to engage in criminal activity associated with political ideologies that are considered potentially dangerous. Ironically, Monson’s protest may drive him into the arms of a lawyer who will have to appear for him in a court of law organized and existing under the very system he considers oppressive and coercive. What a maroon.

  • Tyler says:

    mike wolfe, I really don’t think when Monson was spray painting he was concerned with the possible consequences. Read the ESPN the magazine piece. This guy isn’t an idiot or moron. He’s a smart guy with a college education who has lost faith in this system and society. When you reach that point I’m pretty sure as you’re spray painting an anarchy symbol that you are thinking to yourself “Boy I hope I don’t get in trouble”.

  • t-los says:

    wow 10 years? there are people who have involvement in murder and have gotten 5 years so i guess this is more important then taking a life or perhaps rape or grand theft. interesting.

  • mike wolfe says:


    I’m always amazed by people who claim to be disillusioned with a system that has enabled them to live unusual and sometimes extraordinary lives. Monson’s life is a tribute to “the system”, not an indictment. Lots of people in Calcutta or the slums of Buenos Aires would kill for the chance to be as oppressed as he is. I still say he’s a world class wanker.

  • steven says:

    Its up to 10 yrs. Depending on his record he won’t get but a few months in prision. For such a smart guy who supposedly has an education he isn’t very effective in promoting his cause given that 90% of the posts here alone are negative toward do dumb shit you get treated like the dumb ass you are.

  • ihateemo says:

    @ Mike Wolfe

    “Monson’s life is a tribute to “the system””

    And there are plenty of people in both the US and various places the US has bombed or otherwise dicked around in whose lives are not as blessed as Monson’s is. The system works for him – great. Does that mean he can’t be pissed off for the people whose lives are not so fortunate?

    Just because Monson has made money it doesn’t mean that he can’t point out rampant injustice and inequality. Oh, and look at all the comments this thread generated. Clearly his actions have provoked quite the discussion – something I’m sure was his intent in the first place.

  • TS says:

    Of course he’s facing serious jail time. He defaced government property. Do you think someone that spray paints your house and then someone that sprays the white house is gonna get the same penalties. Thats why all u anarchists are idiots.l The great thing about this nation is that we aren’t forcing you to be here so u can leave. If it was so bad here then u wouldnt stay here. Sack up and stop blamin the government for ur problems. If ur poor then its ur own damn fault, if ur rich then its because u or someone before u worked hard to get there. Screw this crap about the nation closin the gap between rich and poor. How bout u get off ur ass and close the gap. Its because our government that we arent running for our lives because a war is being fought on American soil. Like I said if u wanna protest our government and its decisions go live somewhere else if its so bad and corrupt. Chunk deuce!!!! Holla!!!!

  • yuushi says:

    I have no sympathy for guys who think they are above the law. Vandalism is a crime. Doing it on a government building is just plain idiotic–since anyone with at least a 5th grade education will know that just compounds the charges.

    And you can’t compare Quinton Jackson’s crimes with this one (at least not yet) because Jackson was not in control of his facilities at the time. So far, Monson doesn’t have that excuse (since he admitted doing it in protest.)

  • Justin Van Hook says:

    portland mma… I think your the one talking crap to me dude. I’m not calling anyone out by name I’m not even calling anyone out. I’m simply stating an opinion, like everyone else on here, my opionion just happens to be that most of you are idiots.

  • Justin Van Hook says:

    Here’s some advice for any new posters; don’t disagree with anything portland mma says, he’s the type of dude that will probaly try and track down your ip address and come and find you to deliver his own special kind of retard justice.

  • Mike Wolfe says:


    Monson’s actions didn’t call attention to injustice or advance his political views, whatever they may be. The posters on this site are discussing him, not those other subjects. If his intent was to raise public awareness about specific issues, then his protest failed. The focus is on the messenger, not the message.

    I don’t know what motivated Monson. I’ve known other anarchists and radicals over the years. Some of them had sincere beliefs, and some were malcontents looking for confrontation with authorities for any reason at all. Either way, extremists tend to be tiresome, unpleasant people. The “political” types I respect, regardless of whether I agree with them, are those who do something positive, like volunteer work. Maybe Monson actually has done something besides mouth off and vandalize. If not, I’ve got no time for him at all.

  • darkmetal says:

    Few people are considering the implications of putting the “A” for Anarchy on a federal building. Anarchy is basically the complete abscence of government, much like we saw in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. To think this dude would advocate having elderly people and children die to feel “cool” is a pretty good indicator of what a worthless human being he is. I myself favor “limited government” but having no police officers, fireman, or social services at all is like a contract to kill our most needy citizens.

    Words and actions have meaning. Spraying an Anarchy symbol on a federal building is about the same as urinating on the American flag and then advocating burning the house it stands in front of.

  • UFC fan says:

    What a fool! He had a good career and I assume a good life making triple digits.. And he blows it all away by painting a retarded sign! Well I hope he learns his lesson while he sits behind bars for a decade. There’s 10yrs of his life he can’t get back. I just wonder what provoked him to do it?! We are all human and we make mistakes and pay for them. I pray he changes his mind the next time he feels the need to express himself!

  • meatloaf says:

    Reading something like this makes Jeff Monson my favorite boring fighter.


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