Jeff Monson is a former UFC title challenger and two-time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion. He recently announced intentions to abandon his US citizenship.
In his 25-year career in combat sports, Monson competed in almost 100 professional bouts. He was featured under prestigious promotions like Strikeforce, PRIDE, DREAM, and M-1 Global during that time. He has also competed against many MMA legends including Daniel Cormier, Fedor Emelianenko, Chuck Liddell, and Aleksei Oleinik.
However, the 52-year-old’s achievements now are quite different from those of his peak years in the cage. Monson identifies himself as an anarcho-communist. He shifted his loyalty to Russia a number of years ago. In fact, President Vladimir Putin even gave him citizenship in 2018.
Monson’s connections to Russia go back to 2016. The UFC veteran became a citizen of the Luhansk People’s Republic, a region of Ukraine that is mostly populated by Russian separatists. Additionally, in addition to being chosen as a special representative for international cooperation by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation’s Sport Club.
Now, it seems that Monson has taken his allegiance to Russia and contempt for the United States to a new level.
The former MMA pro and BJJ expert declared his intentions to sever connections with his native country in an Instagram post, despite the fact that his children still live there.
“I don’t want anything to do with America… I’m actually going through the procedure of US citizenship revocation. This process can take a couple of months. I miss my family but that’s it. Want nothing to do with America. The U.S. government and military are causing unprecedented suffering with their wars, sanctions and meddling in the affairs of other countries around the world. I love Russia and the Russian people, I am happy here.”
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