Originally booked to face fellow undefeated heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario in Dallas at “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum”, the former Olympic wrestler was recently left without an opponent when Del Rosario was forced to withdraw from the event due to injuries sustained in a car accident. However, rather than shelf Cormier for the immediate future too, Strikeforce has filled the opening Del Rosario’s condition created with former UFC title-contender Jeff Monson who will easily represent the American Kickboxing Academy product’s toughest test to date based on experience and in-ring accomplishment.
News of the match-up surfaced Sunday afternoon when Cormier took to Twitter to express how thrilled he was to take on someone with Monson’s reputation as a competitor.
“I’m so excited and honored to be stepping in the cage with a guy that helped to build the sport. Let’s give em show brother,” Cormier wrote on the social networking site.
Monson will enter the summer scrap with success in his last eight bouts including victories over Travis Fulton and Tony Lopez, as well as a decision over 20-3-1 Croatian Maro Perak a little over two weeks ago in his most recent outing. “The Snowman” holds an overall record of 42-11 with twenty-six submissions to his credit and wins over a number of respected adversaries including Ricco Rodriguez, Sergei Kharitonov, Kazuyuki Fujita, and Roy Nelson.
Headlined by the Strikeforce World Grand Prix pairing of Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, Monson and Cormier are the latest additions to a slew of talented fighters set to square off at the June event already featuring bouts like J.Z. Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox, Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers, and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Ovince St. Preux.
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