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Jeff Monson fills vacant spot opposite Dan Cormier at “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum”

It looks like Dan Cormier will have a chance to shine on June 18 after all when Strikeforce stops in the Lone Star State.

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.


  • MickeyC says:

    Monson should have been in the Sf HW tourney.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    absolutely, glad to see him get another shot at the big events. could be a great grappling match here. gonna be rooting for jeff tho

  • Rece Rock says:

    Agreed Mickey C… hey with a win he could always be an alternate?!? Win or lose I hope SF gives him a few fights…

  • MCM says:

    Nice to see Monson back under Zuffa contract.
    I’d like to see how Cormier does off his back against Monsons smothering control. That is, if Jeff can get Cormier down. I’d give the power advantage to Cormier, but then again, Jeff has only been TKO’d twice in 50+ fights. I’d give the grappling advantage to Monson, but Cormier is literally one of the the best wrestlers on the planet.
    Good match up. I’ma take Monson by Dec.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Great match up and huge balls by Cormier to take a short notice fight with a guy of Monson’s quality. This is a win win for all involved I think as a good showing by Jeff keeps him in the big leagues and so much experience is going to be gained by Cormier here. Awesome match making here.


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