(biography, photos, videos) Jeffrey William Monson
Jeff Monson: biography
Jeffrey Monson is an American and a Russian athlete, mixed martial arts fighter. He is a double world champion in wrestling and a world champion in Brazilian JIU-jitsu.
Jeffrey was born and most of the childhood spent in the town of St. Paul, located in the state of Minnesota. In 11 years, the boy became interested in Greco-Roman wrestling, competed in many regional competitions. Later he switched to other martial arts. Mainly engaged in grappenhall that he attracted the interest of the fact that this is the most dynamic type of wrestling where athletes aim to quickly inflict a painful or suffocating reception. He also made time for the Brazilian variety of JIU-jitsu, but in grappling Jeffrey Monson has achieved outstanding results.
After school the boy goes to the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then completes the master’s degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth and becoming a certified child psychologist. In this specialty, the athlete has worked for several years as a child and family psychologist in the County of Lewis.
In parallel with the work for the good mental health of the country, Monson continued to act as a fighter for a long time, combining two professions. Only after winning the world championship of 1999, he decided to leave psychology and focus on sports career.
In mixed martial arts Jeff Monson made his debut at the age of 26. First, he’s not really shone in the ring, but then he managed to win the world championship in grappling, which resulted in the signing of a contract with one of the world’s best associations of the UFC. Debut there, too, was not sweet: Jeff lost two fights out of three and was sent to the less prestigious tournaments.
In the early 21st century athlete hones shock technique, which was its weakest link and winning 13 matches in a row, wins one tournament after the other. Around the same time, he gets the nickname «the Snowman», apparently because that was one of the few white fighters are among the black athletes. The successes achieved in 2006 were given the opportunity to Jeff Monson back in the UFC.
In this very prestigious by the standards of the mixed martial arts tournament, the athlete began with the striking victory over a rising star Marcio Cruz, which managed to defeat the current champion. After spending a number of great fights, Jeff lost the final fight of Tim Sylvia. It upset a fighter so much that he’s gone again in a less serious League, where for a long time been successful in fights with the soldiers of the middle level or lost the previous form of the famous veterans.
Today, Jeff Monson has spent more than 80 professional fights on the ring, which won 58 times. The most vivid came his confrontation against Russian athletes Alexander and Fedor Emelianenko, as well as against Ukrainian fighter Alexey Oleinik.
Sports fans noted the high level of both opponents in the exhibition battle according to the rules of sport Sambo, where Jeff had to fight the Russian Denis Komkin. No less exciting was the fight against Olympic judo champion from Japan Satoshi Ishii. For the sake of such uncompromising struggles spectators come to watch the «fights without rules», it is not entirely true the people called mixed martial arts.
Jeff Monson considers himself an anarchist and advocated the complete elimination of the class hierarchy in modern society. His body is painted with a huge number of tattoos anarchic content, including the symbolism of the anarcho-communism. Also on his body there are inscriptions in various languages, including English, Russian and Japanese. Some of them are humorous, while others carry a deep philosophical subtext.
On the basis of their beliefs athlete in 2009 committed an act of vandalism, drawing on the columns of the Capitol in Washington the symbols of anarchy and peace, as well as making paint inscription «No poverty» and «No to war». In the course of the trial, Monson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in prison with hard labour and was fined more than 20 thousand dollars, which, however, never paid.
In 2013, Jeffrey was first mentioned that he would like to change citizenship and get a Russian passport. He stated that he feels the Russian spirit and would like to have legal justification for this feeling. In December 2015, Monson officially became a citizen of Russia, however, is not known, he refused a U.S. passport or has dual citizenship.
Jeffrey Monson has been twice married. The first time he went down the aisle, when he was about 20 years. From these relations he is survived by a daughter, Michaela, 1993, and for 3 years the youngest son Joshua.
In April 2010 he married a second time on the flight attendant Daniele Dagan, whom he met in the cabin. The couple in the same year, daughter willow, but was too long family relationship was not. However, Jeffrey is often seen with his children, and the youngest were even brought to Russia.
After his divorce from Daniela Monson for some time met with a Russian girl Alesya Caraway, but today their relationship is over.
It became known that the athlete has agreed to participate in the 10th anniversary season of entertainment show «dancing with the stars», where will be paired with professional dancer Mary Smolnikova. At the moment Geoffrey is intensive training of the Paso Doble, Viennese waltz, tango and other ballroom dancing program.