MMA World Champ Jeff Monson reverts to Islam

Famous Russian-American boxer and wrestler Jeff Monson has converted to Islam, reciting the shahadah in Moscow.(Facebook video)

MMA World Champ Jeff Monson reverts to Islam

Jeff Monson taking shahada in this viral video

Who is Jeff Monson

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Jeffrey William Monson, born on January 18, 1971, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a renowned American-born Russian mixed martial artist, boxer, and submission grappler. Competing primarily in the heavyweight division, Monson has been a professional competitor since 1997, participating in prominent organizations such as the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM, PRIDE, and M-1 Global, among others. He is a two-time ADCC World Champion and a no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion.

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Monson grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, attending Timberline High School. He was a Division I wrestler at Oregon State University and the University of Illinois, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He later obtained a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he also served as an assistant wrestling coach.

Before fully committing to MMA, Monson worked as a mental health professional, both in crisis evaluation and as a child and family counselor. His success in various grappling competitions, including the Abu Dhabi Combat Club events, led him to pursue a full-time career in mixed martial arts.

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