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Old 11-06-2009, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)

 
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Jeff Monson "Im dropping to 205 pounds"

http://www.fighters.com/10/28/exclus...-to-205-pounds
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Former UFC heavyweight title challenger ”Snowman” Jeff Monson (28-8) told Fighters.com Wednesday, “I am dropping to 205 after the Fulton fight.”

Monson will fight “Ironman” Travis Fulton (211-44-8) at Alabama Pride at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama December 12.


Fulton submitted Tony Crawford (0-2) in a rear naked choke at Midwest Fighting Championship 8 in Knoxville, Iowa August 14.

Monson lost a disappointing three-round unanimous decision to “Rock” Pedro Rizzo (16-9) at Bitetti Combat 4 in Rio de Janeiro September 12, halting a two-year climb back up the heavyweight ladder since getting TKO’d by Rizzo at Art of War 3 in Dallas in September 2007.

The 5′9″, roughly 240-pound fighter lost a five-round UD to then UFC heavyweight champion “Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia (25-6) at UFC 65 in Sacramento in November 2006. Sylvia held an 11-inch height advantage.

Though rippling muscle from head-to-toe at 240 pounds, Monson’s 5′9″ height has always rendered him at a disadvantage in a heavyweight division where most fighters are 6′4″ or taller. A successfull cut to 205 pounds will eliminate at least a lot of the very tallest fighters in MMA and allow Monson to take back a lot of that height and reach advantage he’s given up throughout his career.

Reliable sources have also mentioned to Fighters.com that Monson and Strikeforce are in talks and Monson could actually debut at 205 pounds in Strikeforce in 2010. Neither Monson nor Strikeforce could confirm, but Monson did confirm he continues talks with Strikeforce.
Not sure what a 205 pound Snowman would look like but it would defiantly be a monster, I gotta wonder though first Ricco now Monson, seems like the new breed of plus sized HW's is making alot of big strong HW's look at dropping which could lead to some very interesting new match ups at 205.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmmm...shlightly complicated, fantastic grappler and wrestler with great stamina and a rippped as shit body. The skills he would translate at 205 would be the ground game ....hmmmm....not sure. I'd be glad to see the Snowman doing his bad ass jitz again.
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Monson is one of the most tenacious fighters in MMA, I think its odd that he is now looking at dropping to 205 though since he looked in all honesty to be in the worst shape of his career in his last fight against Rizzo.
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah, its tough being a HW under 6 feet, witht he reach advantage. I'd be delighted to see him at LHW
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Monson will be incredibily strong at 205 probably more so than anyone in the division.
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I am not so sure this is the best move...I mean honestly the guy still wins most of his fights at heavyweight and isnt one of those smaller 220lb guys...striking isnt his game anyway, and he is strong as crap for a heavyweight, height in mma is overrated anyone else agree?
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Honestly though his fight against Tim Sylvia really highlights that height is a massive problem for him and nowadys there are way more giant HW's then even a couple years ago.
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well that was one fight, and he couldnt take silvia down. pretty much all of his other fights he has no problem implementing his style, and overpowers most heavyweights. if he were a striker than reach would be a bigger issue
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But even his striking isn't that bad, go watch the Barnett fight when he is fighting somebody without a substantial reach advantage, he looks good and actually drops Barnett hard in the first round. The drop really can't hurt him as long as he can make the cut without draining himself to much.
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He is going to have a serious strength advantage at 205. After he gets used to cutting (ill assume he hasnt before) i see him breaking top 10 easily.

Love the way this dude fights and carries himself, color me excited.
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