American and Russian former mixed martial artist (MMA) Jeff Monson intends to resume performances.
The 50-year-old veteran said that he plans to return to the sport and fight under the auspices of the Hardcore MMA promotion. “Most likely, I will fight in December of this year,” Monson said. He also added that he expects to fight against the Russian heavyweight Alexander Emelianenko. The latter should hold a fight with blogger Artem Tarasov.
Monson has not competed in MMA since 2016, and in January 2021, he announced his retirement. He received a Russian passport in May 2018. The American was elected to the Council of Deputies of Krasnogorsk from the United Russia party. The MMA veteran refused U.S. citizenship.
In 2012, Monson already fought with Emelianenko at the M-1 Challenge tournament. Then he managed to overcome the Russian, using his crown choking technique from the “north-south” position.
At the professional level, Monson won 60 victories with 26 defeats. The heavyweight also regularly performed at international grappling and jiu-jitsu tournaments. He twice became the champion of the prestigious ADCC tournament.