Jeff Monson signs with Strikeforce, meets Daniel Cormier in JunePosted on May 15, 2011, 07:19 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC veteran Jeff Monson has signed with Strikeforce and will meet undefeated Heavyweight prospect Daniel Cormier at the promotion's upcoming Overeem vs. Werdum event in Dallas.
Strikeforce officials confirmed the match-up on Sunday.
Cormier (7-0) was originally scheduled to face fellow up and comer Shane del Rosario on the June card, but found himself without an opponent when an automobile accident left del Rosario sidelined. Instead, the AKA trained fighter will face, perhaps, his toughest test to date in the "Snowman."
Since debuting with the promotion in 2009, Cormier has finished all but one of his four opponents, most recently picking up a unanimous decision victory over Devin Cole at Strikeforce Challengers 13 in January.
Monson (42-11), meanwhile, comes into the bout riding an eight-fight win streak. With a storied resume dating back 14-years, the accomplished BJJ black-belt has competed in various promotions all over the world, with 26 of his 42 victories coming by way of submission. Monson parted ways with the UFC in 2006 after a failed attempt at dethroning then-Heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia. Though he left the promotion in hopes of fighting Fedor Emelianenko, the bout never materialized.
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum is set to take place June 18th from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. A pair of Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bouts will headline the stacked card, one of which features division Champion Alistair Overeem going head to head with Fabricio Werdum, while the other pits Josh Barnett against Brett Rogers.
Tim Sylvia, right, fights Jeff Monson during the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 65 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, on November 18, 2006. Photo credit: Francis Specker