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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with American Top Team mixed martial arts fighter and grappling world champion Jeff Monson.
The next fight on his busy schedule will be Saturday, April 30, for the Strength & Honor Championship. This card, SHC4, will take place at the Hotel Kempinski in Geneva, Switzerland. In the main event, he will face Maro “the Mean Machine” Perak of Croatia in a heavyweight fight.
Right after that fight, he will remain in Switzerland to conduct seminars at the headquarters of FILA, the international wrestling federation as recognized by the International Olympic Committee, in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Then he will attend the Hard Fighting Championship 3 MMA card on May 6 in Martigny, Switzerland, which is being organized in collaboration with FILA, and the FILA Grand Prix tournaments in grappling, pankration, and combat grappling (amateur MMA) on May 7-8, also in Martigny.
We spoke with Jeff Monson by phone on Sunday night about this fight with Maro Perak and what to expect. He explained why it is “an honor” for him to be working with FILA on these events and sharing his combat sports knowledge with young, up-and-coming athletes. We discussed the involvement of FILA with MMA, how it will affect MMA as well as grappling and wrestling, and much more.
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