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Jeff Monson Signs With Strikeforce, Faces Daniel Cormier at ‘Overeem vs. Werdum’


(“Most enjoyable thing I’d never do again? Definitely eating that live wolverine.”)

After years of bouncing from one regional event to another, Jeff Monson will finally return to the big leagues next month. ShoSports has confirmed that the former UFC heavyweight title contender will take on wrestling ace Daniel Cormier (7-0, five wins by first-round stoppage) at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum, June 18th in Dallas. Cormier was originally supposed to face undefeated rising star Shane Del Rosario at the event, but Del Rosario had to withdraw after being seriously injured in a car accident.

Monson is currently riding an eight-fight win streak (in seven different promotions), including W’s over Jason Guida, Travis Fulton, and former King of the Cage champ Tony Lopez. Oddly enough, this will be Monson’s fifth fight at heavyweight since he announced that he’d be dropping to light-heavyweight to be more competitive. He still hopes to make the drop this year.

At this point, the only non-heavyweight bout on the ‘Overeem vs. Werdum’ main card will be Gina Carano vs. Sarah D’Alelio. Check out the current lineup after the jump…

MAIN CARD
Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum [heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal]
Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers [heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal]
Gina Carano vs. Sarah D’Alelio [145 lbs.]
Jeff Monson vs. Daniel Cormier [HW]
Valentijn Overeem vs. Chad Griggs [HW]

PRELIMINARY CARD
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox [LW, unconfirmed by Strikeforce]
KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal [LW; first reported as a replacement for Cormier/Del Rosario, status unconfirmed]

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Spicymeatball- May 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Jeff Monson looks like such a tank, you'd think he's 280 pounds of solid muscle, but then you realize he's 5-9.
chokeu2- May 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm
MMmmm mmmm mmmm! Honey badger tastes yummy says Jeff.
RwilsonR- May 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm
...Jeff Monson will finally return to the big leagues next month.
 
I thought you said he signed with Strikeforce???
intercept440- May 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm
wow.. if i was to ever see jeff monson like that. i would definatly shoot him...when i see that pic all i think is flesh eating zombies of the apocolypse.
El Guapo- May 16, 2011 at 10:38 am
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The Fresh One- May 16, 2011 at 7:48 am
Awesome. This GP is moving right along. Be sure to tune in for the second round... Spring 2012. This card would be better if they bumped Gina to the undercard and replace with Noons/Masvidal.
ExpectJesusBro- May 16, 2011 at 7:23 am
Damn you Flyingogoplata... beat me to it.
knucklesamitch- May 16, 2011 at 6:56 am
Gina was just bloated because of her period.
flyingogoplata- May 16, 2011 at 6:52 am
You've got Monson taking on DelRosario instead of Cormier.
Me likey- May 16, 2011 at 6:51 am
i agree. gina definatley looked like atleast a middleweight last pic i saw of her. i like monson. he has a great ground game and looks like a serial killer.
SouthSideEssay- May 16, 2011 at 6:22 am
I dont know about non-heavyweight bout, you seen Gina lately?? ZING!!
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