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Jeff Monson takes on Tony Lopez in April at Fight Time event

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.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    shame jeff didnt get in the strikeforce hw gran prix, he seems to be the one top 10 quality fighter without a home these days. may not be the most entertaing but he can grapple like a mother fucker, always liked and supported him

  • MCM says:

    I’ve always been a Monson fan myself. I’ve also wanted to see Lopez test his skills against a higher caliber of fighter for a while. If you’re a fan of grappling, this should be a good fight. I think it goes the distance though as Lopez is hella hard to finish and Monson is tough as nails. Hopefully the big shows (Zuffa, Bellator, MFC) take note and offer at least one of these guys a permanent home.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Well hopefully next time Bellator does a HW tourney they invite the likes of Monson & Suave to spice things up a bit…

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Monson is an anarchist and finds signing the contracts against his beliefs I think. I would like to see him against many of the ZUFFA guys but I just can’t see him signing.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Ok logic, so if he doesn’t sign contracts what happens when he shows up to fight & the promoter says too bad were cutting your purse in half because the gate was low… No contract, no leg to stand on… I think there’s more to his beliefs then u or I know…

  • Angry Mike says:

    Zuffa doesn’t need him. Monson is a good grappler, but that’s all he has. The top tier heavyweights in UFC are also solid grapplers, have better stand up, and would eat him alive. Velasquez wouldn’t have to belch or break a sweat.


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