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JEFF MONSON WINS ISKA TITLE, EYES UFC RETURN

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Great headline in my inbox this morning: “The Snow Hasn’t Melted Yet — Huge Win For the Snowman”. The Snowman, of course, being former UFC fighter Jeff Monson. Not only has the snow not melted, it’s coming down hard. Now 40, Monson fought 7 times in 2010 and has 2 more fights under his belt in 2011.

Speaking of belts, Monson just won one with a unanimous decision win over former King of the Cage champion Tony Lopez at Fight Time 4, becoming the first-ever ISKA heavyweight champion. That makes it 8 straight wins for Monson, who doesn’t plan to stop his frenetic pace of fighting. He’s already scheduled to fight again on April 30th in Switzerland. Monson dominated Lopez in every round to win the title, with Master Ricardo Liborio in his corner.

“My strategy was to stay on the inside. I knew if I did that I would win,” said Monson. “I stuck with my strategy and it paid off. After that, all my wrestling skills took over and it was done. Lopez is a great fighter and a difficult opponent. I have a lot of respect for him.”

Monson still desires a return to a major promotion, specifically the UFC. Monson last fought there at UFC 65, challenging Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title. He plans a move to 205 after his next two scheduled heavyweight fights.

“As they say ‘age is nothing but a number,’” said Tina Vidal, Monson’s manager. “Monson went a hard 5-rounds with Lopez and continues to prove he’s back and here to stay. His training is where it needs to be, his head is where it needs to be, now he just need to get where he needs to be- and that is the UFC.”

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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