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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, the second this week, host Eddie Goldman speaks with one of the hardest-working men in the combat sports, Jeff "The Snowman" Monson, a member of American Top Team and a two-time ADCC champion.
This Friday, August 17, Jeff will face former USWF (Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation) fighter Chris Guillen for the newly-created Global Fighting Championships heavyweight title on their mixed martial arts show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Just two weeks later, on Saturday, September 1, Jeff will face former UFC heavyweight contender Pedro Rizzo for the IFA heavyweight title in the main event of the Art of War 3 mixed martial arts show at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and on pay-per-view television.
Then, just about a week later on September 9, Jeff will hit the mats as part of USA Wrestling's U.S. Grappling World Team, which will compete at the first Grappling World Championships at the World Wrestling Games, hosted by FILA, the international wrestling federation, in Antalya, Turkey. The World Wrestling Games also features sombo, beach wrestling, and pankration.
We spoke at length with the peripatetic "Snowman" about his career, his prospects for winning three titles in two sports in a span of four weeks, and the relation between wrestling and both grappling and mixed martial arts. We also discussed some of Jeff's controversial political views, and how he sees their relation to the combat sports.
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Labels: Art of War, Chris Guillen, Eddie Goldman, FILA, Global Fighting Championships, grappling, Jeff Monson, mixed martial arts, MMA, No Holds Barred, Pedro Rizzo, USA Wrestling, World Wrestling Games