World Victory Road has scheduled former UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE superstar Josh "The Babyface Assassin" Barnett (21-5) to face fellow UFC veteran Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (24-7) at Sengoku II on May 18 at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum according to the official Sengoku Web site.
In addition to being one of the most sought-after free agents in mixed martial arts (this side of the Iron Curtain), Barnett has already tasted victory at Sengoku I where he defeated Judo master Hidehiko Yoshida via heel hook back in March.
Aside from three losses to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Barnett has only been defeated by two other men: Current UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira in 2006 and Pedro Rizzo way back in 2001.
Opposing him will be the venerable Monson, who last competed at PFP: Ring of Fire taking a unanimous decision victory over Holland's Hakim Goram. Monson was riding a sixteen-fight win streak prior to being outpointed by Tim Sylvia at UFC 65.
No doubt submissions will be the order of the night. Monson has 15 of his wins coming by way of tapout and Barnett has 14. However if the Sylvia fight is any indication, Monson may have trouble with the distinct size disadvantage as Barnett towers over him by six inches.
The Sengoku II fight card as it currently stands is as follows:
- Kwang Hee Lee vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
- Satoru Kitaoka vs. Ian Schaffa
- Jorge Santiago vs. Yuki Sasaki
- Yoshihiro Nakao vs. Jim York
- Dan Hornbuckle vs. Mike Pyle
- Ryo Kawamura vs. Kevin Randleman
- Josh Barnett vs. Jeff Monson
- Roger Gracie vs. TBA