MMA fighter and anarchist Jeff Monson is to fight again in the UK later this year.
Monson is set to return to the UK in May to fight for a second time in Cage Wars, against an as yet unnamed opponent. The fight card for the event is yet to be confirmed but Monson is expected to headline the event again, this time in Birmingham.
The openly political Monson was last year was charged over an alleged November 2008 graffiti incident on the Capitol Building and an army recruitment centre in Olympia, Washington, USA. Monson, was arrested initially in January. Authorities claim that the graffiti, which included circle-As, a peace symbol and phrases such as "no poverty" and "no war", cost apparently $19,000 to clean up. In October was ordered to serve 90 days of work release while on electronic home monitoring, a punishment that will allow him to work to pay off the $21,894 in restitution.
Monson pleaded guilty last summer to first-degree malicious mischief and second-degree malicious mischief for vandalism as part of a plea deal in exchange for the sentencing recommendation.
Monson has used fight press-conferences to criticise the US military presence in Iraq, and has been vocal about his wish to see the state and class society abolished. Monson had been involved with IWW in his home state, and last year, took time out before his fight at Cage Wars in Belfast to talk to local anarchists and fight fans about sport and politics. In previous years Jeff has met with anarchists in Manchester Solidarity Federation and CNT-Vignoles in Paris.
This time last year saw Monson on a seven-fight winning streak, including a previous UK appearance at Cage Wars where he defeated Lithuanian Sergej Maslobojev with a trademark choke in the second round. His winning streak was ended in September by Pedro Rizzo but Monson got back to form last month, defeating Jimmy Brown by points decision at 5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His next opponent is Bryan Vetell in Dubai tomorrow.
[edit - this fight never came to pass, he has not fought at Cage Wars since March 2009]