Jeffrey William Monson (born 1971) is a retired[5] American-Russian mixed martial artist who competed primarily in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 1997, he has competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM, PRIDE, M-1 Global, Impact FC, World Victory Road, and Cage Warriors. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu and grappling, Monson is a two-time winner of the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, and a No Gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu World Champion. Monson is an anarcho-communist known for his radical left-wing political views. He is the host of Monson TV on RT.[6]

Jeff Monson
Jeff Monson.jpg
BornJeffrey William Monson[1]
(1971-01-18) January 18, 1971 (age 51)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Other namesThe Snowman
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight238 lb (108 kg; 17 st 0 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (1997–2000, 2001–present)
Light Heavyweight (2000)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of
TeamAmerican Top Team
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active1997–2021
Professional boxing record
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission36
By decision19
By disqualification1
By knockout10
By submission4
By decision12
Other information
UniversityOregon State University
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14)
Jeff Monson
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's Submission grappling
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Barcelona +99 kg
Gold medal – first place 2005 Long Beach +99 kg
Silver medal – second place 2001 Abu Dhabi +99 kg
Silver medal – second place 2000 Abu Dhabi -99 kg
Gold medal – first place 1999 Abu Dhabi -99 kg
FILA Grappling World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Kraków +100 kg (No-Gi)
Gold medal – first place 2008 Lucerne -125 kg (No-Gi)
Gold medal – first place 2007 Antalya -125 kg (No-Gi)
Men's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Carson   Open
Silver medal – second place 2007 Carson   +97.5kg
Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Kissimmee   +100kg
Collegiate Wrestling
Representing the Oregon State Beavers
Pac-10 Championships
Gold medal – first place 1992 190 lb

Early lifeEdit

Monson was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he also grew up for most of his childhood. He attended Timberline High School and continued on as a Division I wrestler at Oregon State University and at the University of Illinois and was a Pac-10 champion for Oregon.[7] He also competed at senior level at USA Wrestling events for a number of years.[8]

Monson received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he was the assistant coach of the wrestling team.

He worked as a mental health professional for five years, both in a crisis evaluation role for Cascade Mental Health in Lewis County, Washington, as well as a child and family counselor. However, having major success in Abu Dhabi and other MMA shows, he decided to leave the mental health profession to devote himself full-time to mixed martial arts.

Martial arts background and nicknameEdit

Monson is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Champion. He is an MMA fighter and has also had three professional boxing bouts. His boxing record is two wins and one draw.

Monson is considered to be one of the world's top submission grapplers. He is a multiple event winner at NAGA, Grapplers Quest and FILA, among other submission tournaments.[9] He is nicknamed "The Snowman" for his performance at the 1999 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship. The Brazilian fighters at the tournament gave him the nickname because he came in as an unknown, but beat four Brazilians in a row to win the 88–98 kilogram weight class. As he went along in the tournament and continued to beat his opponents, they said he was like a snowball (white, compact, rolling and getting bigger and stronger as the tournament went on).[10]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

After 14 straight victories, Monson was signed by the UFC.

At UFC 57, Monson submitted Branden Lee Hinkle by north–south choke in the first round. At UFC 59, he fought Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Marcio Cruz (ADCC veteran and longtime rival). Monson won by decision after three rounds. At UFC 61, Monson fought another Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in Anthony Perosh, whom Monson defeated by TKO in the first round.

On November 18, 2006, at UFC 65, Monson fought Tim Sylvia for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. He lost a five-round decision and would later ask to be released from his UFC contract in the hopes of facing then-PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko at a BodogFIGHT scheduled for March 2007.[11] However, negotiations fell through and the match did not happen during that time.


At the main event of PRIDE 34, on April 8, 2007, Monson defeated Kazuyuki Fujita via rear-naked choke submission at 6:37 of the opening round.[12]


His next fight was scheduled to be against Chris Guillen on August 17, 2007, for the Global Fighting Championships' Heavyweight Championship, but the event was canceled after four of the eight scheduled bouts were removed from the card.[13] Monson lost against Pedro Rizzo at Art of War 3, which was held on September 1, 2007. During the bout, Monson displayed a much improved level of striking, and kept the fight standing virtually the entire time.

On September 7, 2007, Monson won two matches in the FILA World Championship in Turkey, defeating France's Zoro Piere and England's Tom Blackledge by submission. Monson was awarded the 275-pound gold medal when his final opponent Ramon Diaz suffered an injury and was forced to bow out.

Monson defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez in the main event of the Mixed Fighting Alliance "There Will Be Blood" event on December 13, 2008. He avenged a loss to Rodriguez from almost seven years prior.

On March 21, 2009, Monson won a controversial decision against Roy Nelson on Roy Jones Jr.'s hybrid boxing/MMA card "March Badness." He then beat Sergej Maslobojev on a Cage Wars card on March 29, 2009. He immediately went to Japan and defeated top Russian Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov on April 5, 2009, at Dream 8, giving him three wins in two weeks.

On September 12, 2009, at Bitetti Combat MMA 4, Monson had his seven-fight win streak snapped, losing in a rematch with Pedro Rizzo by unanimous decision.

At 5150 Combat League/Xtreme Fighting League: New Years Revolution, Monson defeated John Brown by split decision on January 16, 2010.

On March 13, 2010, Monson fought in France at 100% Fight II and defeated Francisco Nonato by submission (guillotine choke) in the first round. He lost to Travis Wiuff in a split decision at XKL Evolution 2 on April 24, 2010. On May 14, 2010, he lost in Abu Dhabi to Shamil Abdurahimov by majority decision at the Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship in the Quarter Finals of the 2010 Openweight Grand Prix.

Monson defeated Bira Lima at Impact FC 1 in Australia on July 10, 2010, by unanimous decision.

Monson faced Jason Guida on August 21, 2010, at an event called "Fight Time 1".[14] He defeated Jason Guida at 3:04 in the second round by a guillotine choke submission.

His next fight was scheduled to be against Neil Wain at "KnuckleUp: Kings of the North," but Neil Wain pulled out of the fight due to injuries. Stepping in to replace Wain was the very man who took him out of the fight, Dave Keeley.[15] Monson defeated Keeley by submission (north–south choke) in the first round.

Monson defeated Sergey Shemetov at the inaugural Israel Fighting Championship event on November 9. After the fight, he said he wanted to drop down to the Light Heavyweight division for his next fight and his friend, Ricco Rodriguez, who later won his fight in the main event, said he wanted to fight Monson in the International Fighting Championships (IFC) at Light Heavyweight.[16]

In 2011, Monson defeated Lee Mein on January 7[17] and Tony Lopez on April 1 in a five-round decision.

Monson's next fight was against Maro Perak where he won a three-round decision.[18]

Monson said that after he fought in April and May, he hoped the UFC would want him back, but this time he would like to fight in the Light Heavyweight division.[19]

Monson stepped in for injured Shane del Rosario to face prospect Daniel Cormier on the June 18 Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum card in Dallas, Texas, and lost via fight via unanimous decision.[20]

Monson defeated Paul Taylor in Birmingham, England at the Sprawl n Brawl promotion on October 9, 2011.[21]

Monson fought Fedor Emelianenko at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson on November 20, 2011 in Moscow, Russia and lost by unanimous decision.

Monson was unbeaten in his four fights after the loss against Fedor, and in June 2012 signed a four-fight deal with the Super Fight League in India.[22] Monson was originally announced to fight at SFL 4 on September 29 against former UFC fighter Todd Duffee but after the event was pushed back twice the SFL decided to change the structure of their shows, with weekly events replacing monthly events. Duffee and SFL agreed on his departure in September and he is currently fighting in the UFC. Following this news, the fight was canceled.

From June 2013 to April 2014, Monson would go 1–6 in seven fights, defeating Denis Komkin, and losing to notable fighters such as Alexey Oleynik, Satoshi Ishii, and Mike Hayes. After a loss to up-and-comer Chaban Ka, Monson defeated Kevin Brooks via north-south choke at Fight Time 20 on August 29, 2014.[23]

Monson faced Dmitry Titkov on September 5, 2014, at Fight Star: Saransk vs. Penza. He lost the fight by cut TKO, after a cut opened up on Monson.[24]

Monson then faced Mikhail Shein at Fight Star: The Battle of the Sura 2. He won the fight via rear-naked choke in the second round.[25]

Monson faced Ivan Shtyrkov on 6 May, the promoter and him decided to do an exhibition match due to Monson having an injury that would have forced him out of a legitimate MMA match. When the match started it quickly became clear that Shtyrkov was treating it as a real fight and shortly after dropping Monson with a straight right finished him with an armbar on his injured arm.[26]

On 12 January 2021, Monson announced his official retirement from all forms of combat sports, including both MMA and Submission Grappling.[27]


In 2004, when facing Marcio Pe de Pano at the Arnold Gracie competition, Monson allegedly attacked a referee and caused a brawl. The original attack was not caught on camera, but Monson is caught on video being restrained by several competition staff and coaches. As a result of this brawl the "can opener" was made illegal in IBJJF competitions. Both Monson and Pe de Pano were barred from competing at the next year's event.[28]


Monson is an anarcho-communist. He presently hosts a multi-platform (TV/social media) political and social commentary program on RT called, Monson TV.[6]

In 2015, Monson sought Russian citizenship, citing that he felt "Russian in spirit."[29] He was granted Russian citizenship in 2018 by President Vladimir Putin.[30]

In April 2016, Monson expressed his desire to join the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in a video appeal to the party and praised socialism as "the only way as a human species that we’re going to survive."[31] Soon after, he was invited to meet Communist Party of the Russian Federation leader Gennady Zyuganov in his office in the State Duma, where they discussed the future of communism in Russia and globally.[32] Monson later led a procession across Red Square into Lenin's Mausoleum together with Zyuganov dedicated to the anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's birth.[33] He was appointed as a special representative for international cooperation by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation's Sport Club in June 2016.[34]

Monson was the subject of a party political advertisement released in the run-up to the 2016 State Duma Elections.[35]

Jeff Monson and Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the Russian Federation Mike Nicholas Sango in Moscow.

In an interview, Monson stated his political views as follows: "I am an anarchist, someone who would like to do away with all class hierarchy in society and the institutions that promote this inequality."[36]

In solidarity, Monson is also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.[37]

On September 11, 2016, Monson announced on Twitter that he had become a citizen of the Luhansk People's Republic to support local people who suffered in the War in Ukraine.[3] He was made an honorary citizen of the Republic of Abkhazia in October 2016 for "supporting nations striving for self-determination."[4]

On September 9, 2018, Monson was elected to the City's Duma (local city parliament) of Krasnogorsk, a city located near Moscow. Monson won the mandate as a candidate on the list of the ruling party "United Russia," which nominated him without membership in the party. In order to be able to carry out the mandate, Monson had to give up his American citizenship in accordance with Russian law.[38][39]

Monson has expressed explicit support of 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine.[40]

Personal lifeEdit

Jeff Monson and Deputy Head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Ivan Melnikov in Moscow.

Monson has two children from his first marriage, Michaela and Josh.[41] He has a daughter, Willow, from his second marriage. He now has a fourth child from a Russian woman.[42] Monson is a Christian and has said he prayed to God before every match.[43]

In late 2008, Monson spraypainted an anarchy symbol, peace symbol, "no war", and "no poverty" on the Washington State Capitol in photographs published in ESPN magazine. Charged with first-degree criminal mischief,[44] Monson pled guilty in July 2009.[45]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Submission grapplingEdit

  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club
    • 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Bronze Medalist
    • 2005 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist
    • 2001 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
    • 2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Silver Medalist
    • 1999 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships Gold Medalist
  • International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
    • 2012 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist
    • 2011 FILA Grand Prix Espoir No-Gi Absolute Silver Medalist
    • 2008 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist
    • 2007 FILA Grappling World Championships Senior No-Gi Gold Medalist
  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
    • 2007 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt No-Gi Absolute Gold Medalist
    • 2007 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt No-Gi Silver Medalist
    • 2001 Pan American Championships Blue Belt Gold Medalist
  • USA Wrestling
    • FILA World Team Trials Senior No-Gi Winner (2007, 2008)
    • FILA World Team Trials Senior No-Gi Runner-up (2009)
  • On the Mat
    • 2009 Submission Grappler of the year
    • 2004 Submission Grappler of the Year

Amateur wrestlingEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
89 matches 61 wins 26 losses
By knockout 5 10
By submission 36 4
By decision 19 12
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 61–26–2 Nikolai Savilov Draw Arta MMA: Battle For Ryzan March 25, 2017 2 5:00 Ryazan, Russia
Win 61–26–1 Alex Kardo Submission (north-south choke) Industrials Battle in Belgorod October 22, 2016 2 3:30 Belgorod, Russia
Loss 60–26–1 Ivan Shtyrkov Submission (armbar) Titov Boxing Promotion: Monson vs. Shtyrkov May 6, 2016 1 1:01 Yekaterinburg, Russia
Win 60–25–1 Anton Lotkov Submission (north-south choke) Fight Stars 2 March 19, 2016 1 1:45 Balakovo, Russia
Loss 59–25–1 Donald Njatah Nya KO (punch) Mix Fight Combat December 25, 2015 1 0:50 Khimki, Russia For the vacant MFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 59–24–1 Konstantin Skrelya Submission (north-south choke) OFS: Octagon Fighting Sensation 6 November 20, 2015 1 2:13 Moscow, Russia
Win 58–24–1 Nikolay Savilov DQ (soccer kicks after bell) Shield-Peresvet 3 September 26, 2015 1 5:00 Moscow, Russia [46]
Loss 57–24–1 Zamirbek Syrgabaev Decision (unanimous) JFC: Jashkuch Fighting Championship Fight Night September 19, 2015 3 5:00 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan [47]
Win 57–23–1 Denis Komkin Decision (unanimous) Fightspirit Championship 5 September 6, 2015 3 5:00 Kolpino, Russia
Loss 56–23–1 Evgeny Erokhin TKO (punches) FEFoFP: Mayor's Cup June 6, 2015 2 4:43 Khabarovsk, Russia
Loss 56–22–1 Evgeny Egemberdiev Decision (unanimous) Alash Pride FC: Royal Plaza Vol. 5 April 30, 2015 3 5:00 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Loss 56–21–1 D.J. Linderman TKO (punches) Fight Time 24: MMA Kings April 3, 2015 5 1:42 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Lost ISKA World Heavyweight Championship.
Win 56–20–1 Alexander Stolyarov Submission (north-south choke) OFS: Octagon Fighting Sensation 3 February 28, 2015 3 4:29 Yaroslavl, Russia
Win 55–20–1 Vladimir Nepochatov Submission (north-south choke) Oplot Challenge 108 February 21, 2015 1 2:40 Moscow, Russia Open Weight bout.
Win 54–20–1 Ilya Shcheglov Submission (north-south choke) Eurasian Fighting Championship: Altay Great Battle November 28, 2014 2 2:45 Barnaul, Russia
Win 53–20–1 Evgeniy Bykov Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Alliance Promotions: Gladiator Fighting 2 November 22, 2014 1 1:16 Troitsk, Moscow, Russia
Win 52–20–1 Mikhail Shein Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Stars: The Battle of the Sura 2 September 21, 2014 2 4:05 Penza, Russia
Loss 51–20–1 Dmitry Titkov Decision (unanimous) Fight Stars: Saransk vs. Penza September 5, 2014 3 5:00 Saransk, Russia
Win 51–19–1 Kevin Brooks Submission (north-south choke) Fight Time 20 August 29, 2014 1 1:08 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 50–19–1 Chaban Ka TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 47 April 4, 2014 1 1:31 Orenburg, Russia
Loss 50–18–1 Shakhmaral Dzhepisov KO (punches) Diamond Fight March 22, 2014 3 3:38 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Loss 50–17–1 Mike Hayes TKO (head kick and punches) CWC 9: Cage Warrior Combat 9 November 2, 2013 3 1:21 Kent, Washington, United States [48]
Loss 50–16–1 Satoshi Ishii Decision (majority) M-1 Challenge 42 October 20, 2013 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 50–15–1 Denis Komkin Decision (split) Coliseum Fighting Championship: New History September 16, 2013 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia [49]
Loss 49–15–1 Alexey Oleynik Submission (rear-naked choke) Oplot Challenge 54 June 20, 2013 2 3:26 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Loss 49–14–1 Magomed Malikov TKO (doctor stoppage) M-1 Challenge 40 June 8, 2013 2 2:58 Dzheyrakhsky District, Ingushetia, Russia
Win 49–13–1 Drazen Forgac TKO (knee injury) Strength & Honor Championship 7 March 9, 2013 2 0:58 Geneva, Switzerland Defended SHC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 48–13–1 Dong Gook Kang Decision (unanimous) Road FC 10: Monson vs. Kang November 24, 2012 3 5:00 Busan, South Korea
Win 47–13–1 Alexander Emelianenko Submission (north-south choke) M-1 Challenge 35 November 15, 2012 2 3:17 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 46–13–1 Denis Komkin Submission (north-south choke) M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo June 21, 2012 1 1:58 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 45–13–1 Jim York Decision (unanimous) Cage Fighting Championships 21 May 18, 2012 3 5:00 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Draw 44–13–1 Chaban Ka Draw 100% Fight 11: Explosion May 11, 2012 3 5:00 Paris, France
Win 44–13 Alexey Oleynik Decision (split) M-1 Challenge 31 March 16, 2012 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 43–13 Fedor Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson November 20, 2011 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 43–12 Paul Taylor Submission (rear-naked choke) Sprawl n Brawl 8: Return of the Cyborg October 9, 2011 1 4:20 Edgbaston, Birmingham, England Won SNB Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 42–12 Daniel Cormier Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum June 18, 2011 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Strikeforce 2011 Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Win 42–11 Maro Perak Decision (unanimous) SHC 4: Monson vs. Perak April 30, 2011 3 5:00 Geneva, Switzerland Won SHC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 41–11 Tony Lopez Decision (unanimous) Fight Time 4: MMA Heavyweight Explosion April 1, 2011 5 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Won ISKA World Heavyweight Championship.
Win 40–11 Lee Mein Submission (guillotine choke) CFM 1: Monson vs. Mein January 7, 2011 1 3:31 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 39–11 Sergey Shemetov Submission (americana) Israel FC: Genesis November 9, 2010 1 4:09 Tel Aviv, Israel
Win 38–11 Travis Fulton Submission (kimura) Fight Time 2 October 23, 2010 1 4:40 Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
Win 37–11 Dave Keeley Submission (north-south choke) KUMMA: Kings of the North September 4, 2010 1 1:41 Lancashire, England
Win 36–11 Jason Guida Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Time 1 August 21, 2010 2 3:04 Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
Win 35–11 Ubiratan Marinho Lima Decision (unanimous) Impact FC 1 July 10, 2010 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 34–11 Shamil Abdurakhimov Decision (majority) ADFC: Battle of the Champions May 14, 2010 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 34–10 Travis Wiuff Decision (split) CFX / XKL: Mayhem in Minneapolis April 24, 2010 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 34–9 Francisco Nonato Submission (guillotine choke) 100% Fight: 100 Percent Fight 2 March 13, 2010 1 2:27 Paris, France
Win 33–9 John Brown Decision (split) 5150 Combat League / XFL: New Year's Revolution January 16, 2010 3 5:00 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 32–9 Pedro Rizzo Decision (unanimous) Bitetti Combat MMA 4 September 12, 2009 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 32–9 Jimmy Ambriz Submission (rear-naked choke) TC 33: Bad Intentions July 11, 2009 1 1:09 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 31–9 Sergei Kharitonov Submission (north-south choke) DREAM 8 April 5, 2009 1 1:42 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 30–9 Sergej Maslobojev Submission (north-south choke) CW 11: Decade March 29, 2009 2 2:30 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 29–8 Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) SRP: March Badness March 21, 2009 3 5:00 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 28–8 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) MFA: There Will Be Blood December 13, 2008 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 27–8 Jimmy Ambriz Submission (north-south choke) Beatdown: 4 Bears Casino October 11, 2008 1 1:50 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 26–8 Mark Kerr Submission (rear-naked choke) Vengeance Fighting Championship 1 September 27, 2008 1 3:15 Concord, North Carolina, United States
Loss 25–8 Josh Barnett Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2 May 18, 2008 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 25–7 Hakim Gouram Decision (unanimous) PFP: Ring of Fire December 9, 2007 3 5:00 Quezon City, Philippines
Loss 24–7 Pedro Rizzo TKO (punches) Art of War 3 September 1, 2007 3 2:40 Dallas, Texas, United States For UAFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 24–6 Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (rear-naked choke) PRIDE 34 April 8, 2007 1 6:37 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 23–6 Tim Sylvia Decision (unanimous) UFC 65: Bad Intentions November 18, 2006 5 5:00 Sacramento, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 23–5 Anthony Perosh TKO (punches) UFC 61: Bitter Rivals July 8, 2006 1 2:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 22–5 Márcio Cruz Decision (split) UFC 59: Reality Check April 15, 2006 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 21–5 Branden Lee Hinkle Technical Submission (north-south choke) UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 February 4, 2006 1 4:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 20–5 Marc Emmanuel Submission (rear-naked choke) CWFC: Strike Force 4 November 26, 2005 1 0:58 Coventry, England Defended CWFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 19–5 Devin Cole Decision (unanimous) XFC: Dome of Destruction 3 October 15, 2005 3 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States Won XFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–5 Jay White Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 12: Breakout September 16, 2005 1 1:21 Portland, Oregon, United States Won SportFight Heavyweight Championship.
Win 17–5 Rich Wilson Submission (armbar) Extreme Wars: X-1 July 2, 2005 1 1:56 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 16–5 Tengiz Tedoradze Submission (rear-naked choke) CWFC: Ultimate Force April 30, 2005 1 1:59 Sheffield, England Defended CWFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 15–5 Jay White TKO (injury) Euphoria: USA vs. the World February 26, 2005 1 4:07 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14–5 Brian Stromberg Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 8: Justice January 7, 2005 1 N/A Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 13–5 Tengiz Tedoradze Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Warriors 9: Xtreme Xmas December 18, 2004 1 3:51 Sheffield, England Won CWFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 12–5 Pat Stano TKO (knee to the body) Euphoria: Road to the Titles October 15, 2004 2 3:11 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–5 Carlos Clayton Decision (unanimous) AFC: Brazil 1 August 28, 2004 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 10–5 Don Richards Submission (north-south choke) IHC 7: The Crucible June 5, 2004 2 2:25 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 9–5 Joe Nye Submission (rear-naked choke) Mass Destruction 12 August 16, 2003 1 3:02 Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 8–5 Mike Delaney Submission (north-south choke) Absolute Fighting Championships 4 July 19, 2003 1 4:27 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 7–5 Forrest Griffin Decision (unanimous) WEFC 1: Bring it On June 29, 2002 4 4:20 Marietta, Georgia, United States
Loss 7–4 Ricco Rodriguez TKO (punches) UFC 35 January 11, 2002 3 3:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–3 Roman Roytberg Submission (north-south choke) AMC: Revenge of the Warriors July 21, 2001 1 N/A Rochester, Washington, United States
Loss 6–3 Chuck Liddell Decision (unanimous) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 6–2 Tim Lajcik Decision (unanimous) UFC 27 September 22, 2000 2 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 5–2 Bob Gilstrap Decision (unanimous) AMC: Return of the Gladiators 1 July 29, 2000 3 5:00 Rochester, Washington, United States
Loss 4–2 David Dodd Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 23 April 2, 1999 1 0:46 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 4–1 Roger Neff Decision Ultimate Ring Challenge March 1, 1999 3 5:00 Wenatchee, Washington, United States
Loss 3–1 Tommy Sauer Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 20 August 22, 1998 1 3:47 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 John Renfroe TKO (submission to punches) Ultimate Warrior Challenge August 2, 1998 1 2:45 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 2–0 Cy Cross Submission (rear-naked choke) UFCF: Night of Champions March 14, 1998 1 3:47 Lynnwood, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Luther Norberg Decision (unanimous) UFCF: Gladiators November 21, 1997 1 N/A No location reported

Professional boxing recordEdit

4 fights 2 wins 1 loss
By knockout 2 0
By decision 0 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Method Round, time Date Location Notes
4 Loss 2–1–1   Timer Nikulin UD 4 Oct 26, 2021   Concert Hall Mir, Moscow, Russia
3 Win 2–0–1   J.C. Hillard TKO 2 (4), 2:11 Nov 20, 2004   Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
2 Win 1–0–1   Kenyatta Quitman TKO 2 (4), 2:12 May 15, 2004   Club Ovation, Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
1 Draw 0–0–1   Matt Ives PTS 4 Apr 23, 2004   Club Med, Port St. Lucie, Florida, United States

Bare-knuckle boxing recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
1 match 0 wins 1 loss
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1   Alexander Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) Russia vs. USA February 23, 2022 3 3:00 Moscow, Russia

Submission grappling recordEdit

16 Matches, 9 Wins (4 Submissions), 4 Losses (0 Submissions), 3 Draws
Result Rec. Opponent Method Event Date Location
Win 9–4–3   Aleksey Molchakov Submission (Rear naked choke) Kingdom Professional Fight: Selection 4 July 18, 2020   St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 8–4–3   Warren Brooks Submission (Rear naked choke) Submission Underground 2 December 10, 2016   Portland, Oregon
Win 7–4–3   Shannon Ritch Submission (Kimura) A-Fight MMA 4 October 9, 2016   Nevinnomyssk, Russia
Loss 6–4–3   Levan Persaev Decision (Unanimous) Octagon Fighting Sensation 9 October 6, 2016   Sukhumi, Georgia
Draw 6–3–3   Eduard Kuntudaev Draw Red City Fights 6 September 4, 2016   Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
Win 6–3–2   Maxim Kiselev Submission (North-south choke) PRIDE Fighting Show 1 April 23, 2016   Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Draw 5–3–2   Aleksey Budimirov Draw (Unanimous) Fight Stars: Battle on Sura 5 April 16, 2016   Penza, Russia
Draw 5–3–1   Isa Umarov Draw (Unanimous) Kunlun Fight 1 January 25, 2014   Pattaya, Thailand
Win 5–3   Gabriel Gonzaga Decision 2005 ADCC Championships May 28, 2005   Long Beach, California
Loss 4–3   Ryron Gracie Decision (Points) Ultimate Submission Showdown 2003 October 11, 2003   Torrance, California
Loss 4–2   Mark Robinson Decision 2001 ADCC World Championship April 11, 2001   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 4–1   Ricardo Arona Decision 2000 ADCC World Championship March 1, 2000   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 4–0   Saulo Ribeiro Decision 1999 ADCC World Championship February 24, 1999   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 3–0   Rigan Machado Decision (Points)
Win 2–0   Roberto Traven Decison (Points)
Win 1–0   Fabiano Capoani Decision (Points)

See alsoEdit


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