(Voted most likely to punch you in the back of the head at a punk show.)
Jeff Monson, the hardest-working anarchist in MMA, is ready for a real challenge. After submitting Sergei Kharitonov at Dream.8, he’s decided that he is now ready for Fedor Emelianenko, and he’s imploring Dream to make it happen for him:
“My goal in DREAM is to fight the best. Ultimately, I want to fight Fedor. If DREAM could set that up it would be great.”
Whoa there, Snowman. Let’s back up a second. I know you’re riding high off your string of rapid-fire victories, including a very questionable decision over Roy Nelson (who then showed up in your corner at Dream.8 because that’s just the kind of guy "Big Country" is, always willing to help a brother out). But the climb up the heavyweight ladder doesn’t usually go Roy Nelson, Sergei Maslobojev, Sergei Kharitonov, and then Fedor.
Honestly, of the heavyweights not locked down in the UFC right now, is there anyone fans are interested in seeing Fedor fight aside from Josh Barnett? Monson’s a quality opponent, and his willingness to fight every single weekend against whoever you got is admirable, but a compelling test for Fedor he is not.
The bout also lacks sufficient sideshow appeal for a Fedor-in-Japan fight, so the chances of this happening seem slim. But we know why Monson wants it. Dude needs the payday. Especially with his mounting lawyer bills, due to, as he puts it, “some legal issues in the U.S. due to my stance against the Iraq war.”
That’s a generous way of putting it. In a way, it’s kind of true. There’s also his stance against grandfather clocks. But dammit, a man has to have some principles.