This is Jeff Monson's world, we just live in it.
The staunch Republican (kidding) will try to work his way back into the upper echelon of heavyweight contenders when he faces former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier this Saturday night (June 18) at Strikeforce: "Overeem vs. Werdum" from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
"The Snowman" (42-11) is a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion with 26 submission wins in a career that dates back to 1997 in Washington. He's considered one of the division's elite grapplers. "DC" (7-0) on the other hand, is widely-recognized as one of the best wrestlers at heavyweight, if not all of mixed martial arts.
So what happens when the best of both worlds collide in "The Lone Star State?" Monson tells TheTandD.com he's "excited" to find out:
"(Cormier) is a tough guy ...I have to bring my ‘A' game. He is a two-time Olympic wrestler. His stand-up looks OK. He comes from AKA so I know he will be prepared. He wouldn't have been my first choice to fight coming into Strikeforce. (Cormier) knows what it is like to compete at the highest level. Wrestling is the toughest sport in the world. He has less MMA fights, but he is working with King Mo (Lawal) and Cain Velasquez and feeling those guys in the room. I don't think I'm going to bring anything to the table with my wrestling that he hasn't seen before. But, I hope he does (take it down). It's not really a secret that he's a better wrestler than I am. But, it's a weird thing because once he gets me to the ground, we are in my world. I don't care who he is or what he is doing, I'm going to do well on the ground. It certainly interests me as a fighter, we have two different styles that are kind of related. You just never know what is going to happen."
Monson has competed globally for over a decade but is perhaps best known for battling Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 65: "Bad Intentions" way back in November 2006.
"The Snowman" is currently riding an eight-fight win streak.
How about it Maniacs, can Monson use his ground game to take advantage of Cormier's wrestling-based attack? Or will the younger prospect be too much for him to handle?