The anticipated rematch between MMA stalwarts Jeff Monson and Oleg Taktarov, initially set for next month, has encountered an indefinite delay, according to Monson’s recent statement to TASS. The rescheduled bout, which was expected to transition from boxing to MMA rules, will now unfold in February, marking the conclusive chapter in Monson’s illustrious career.
The two previously clashed in a gripping boxing match on August 18, concluding in a draw. Despite initial reports indicating a rematch on December 15, Monson clarified that the event’s new date is February, emphasizing its significance as his farewell.
Oleg Taktarov, known as “The Russian Bear,” boasts a storied career with a record of 17 wins, five defeats, and two draws. Beyond his triumph in the sixth UFC event in 1995, Taktarov has left an indelible mark in Hollywood, featuring in blockbuster films such as “Air Force One,” “Predators,” “Bad Boys 2,” and “Righteous Kill.”
Jeffrey William Monson, fondly referred to as “The Snowman,” brings a wealth of experience from his MMA journey, amassing an impressive 60 wins in 85 fights. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, Monson’s last bout occurred on October 22, 2016, in Belgorod, Russia, where he secured victory over Russian Alex “Bizon” Kardo with a submission.
Beyond his prowess in the ring, Monson has embraced Russian culture, earning citizenship in May 2018. His political engagement in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan and the Moscow Region underscores his deep connection with the country.
As Monson gears up for his final match, the MMA community awaits the culmination of this iconic career, and fans look forward to witnessing the clash of these two legends in the octagon. The postponed rematch promises to be a fitting send-off for Jeff Monson, leaving an indomitable legacy in the world of mixed martial arts.