American MMA star Jeff Monson will be remembered by the Moscow crowd not only for his fight with Fedor Emelianenko, but also by his off-ring adventures in the Russian capital.
On Monday, the Russian internet simmered with discussions of Fedor Emelianenko`s latest win over the American veteran fighter Jeff Monson. While the majority of fans celebrated Fedor`s return to the sport`s elite, the others, quite a significant part it must be said, admired the American.
The matter is not about his professional skills, though many marked Monson`s spirit as the American continued the bout till the end with one of his legs broken. What the fighter will be most remembered for was his simplicity and a few extravagant tricks he made.
One of the LifeJournal users was shocked when he met Monson in the city`s Metro, which he decided to take in order to make the 40-minute trip to the Moscow outskirts, where he was to hold a master class the day before the fight. He was dressed in hooded top and wearing flip-flops. The temperature on that day was around zero degrees.
On one of the stations he noticed two policemen trying to calm down a drunken man. Their methods seemed too aggressive to the American and he rushed to calm down the policemen. Monson`s escort decided not to wait until the American, known for his penchant for anarchism, beat up the surprised law-enforcers and stopped the scuffle.
Monson lost to Fedor Emelianenko on a unanimous decision on Sunday evening in front of a sell-out crowd in the Moscow Olympiysky arena. Later it was revealed that Fedor had broken Monson`s leg, but the American stood till the end of the bout.