When fans think of heavyweight Jeff Monson it’s likely they associate him with either his inked-up appearance or a 2006 run in the UFC ultimately culminating in a failed, forgettable title-shot against Tim Sylvia. However, since his stint in the Octagon Monson has gone 17-5 in various promotions including victories over a number of respectable opponents like Sergei Kharitonov, Ricco Rodriguez, and Roy Nelson.
Successful in his last six scraps, Monson will look to continue those winning ways on April 1 on Fort Lauderdale, Florida as part of Fight Time 4 when he faces former King of the Cage double-divisional champ Tony Lopez who is also currently streaking in the right direction.
Lopez is 23-5 overall in his career and has had his hands raised the last four times he’s stepped into the ring. His last outing came in late February ten days after having previously fought and resulted in a third-round submission of Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alumnus Darrill Schoonover. In addition to Schoover, “Kryptonite” has also notched past finishes against UFC veterans Jason Lambert, Kyle Kingsbury, and Joey Beltran.
Next month’s fight will be the second for Monson in 2011 after tapping out Lee Mein last January. He holds a record of 40-11 with the Guillotine Choke against Mein equating to the twenty-sixth submission win of his decade-plus journey in MMA.