Monday, June 25, 2012
Super Fight League announces signings of heavyweights Jeff Monson, Satoshi Ishii, Sokoudjou and Michael Page
India's top MMA Organsiation, Super Fight League continues to add to its impressive fighter roster with this second wave of signings, adding to its current stable of fighters which includes; Todd Duffee, James Thompson, Paul Kelly, Trevor Prangley and Professor X.
Fighting out of American Top Team, UFC Heavyweight Title Challenger and vet of DREAM, PRIDE and Strikeforce Jeff 'the Snowman' Monson (46 - 13- 1) is considered one of the world's top grapplers. Two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Champion and No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, Monson also holds the Heavyweight titles in the International Sport Karate Association and the Strength & Honor Championship. A BJJ Blackbelt and submission artist, Monson also holds a Masters Degree in Psychology.
With victories over Roy Nelson, Sergei Kharitonov, Mark Kerr and Ricco Rodriguez, Monson is an impressive addition to the SFL Heavyweight division.
SFL CEO Ken Pavia said: "Jeff has achieved a high level of success fighting all over the
world. We are very excited to add him to our roster and test him in our elite HW division. He is always entertaining and is one of the true personalities of the sport."
Ishii said: "I'm excited to be a part of SFL. I expect great performances from myself and I am ready to fight."
Having trained at American Top Team, Xtreme Couture and Blackhouse, Ishii holds a 5th Dan Black Belt in Judo and boasts notable wins over Minowaman and Jerome LeBanner.
SFL CEO Ken Pavia said: "With an Olympic gold medal in Japan comes the burden of not being
able to walk the streets of Tokyo without being mobbed. His popularity coupled with his work ethic, drive, and his track record for success are the reasons SFL so aggressively pursued Ishii. We are honored to add him to the roster as another exclusive fighter."
A former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion fighting out of Team Quest, the 'African Assassin' Rameau Sokoudjou (12 - 10) will be looking to make an impact at SFL.
WEC, PRIDE, UFC, DREAM and Strikeforce vet, decorated Judo champion Sokoudjou has notable wins over Jan Blachowiz, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona.
Sokoudjou said: "I am excited to have found a home in a major organization. SFL has put together some talented fighters. I see explosive fights in my future!"
SFL CEO Ken Pavia said: "There has never been such a thing as a boring Sokoudjou fight. We
are in the entertainment business and he personifies entertainment. As many have found out, he has one and done power so don't blink. I can't wait to see him in his October debut with the SFL."
British based Welterweight kickboxing champion Michael Page (2 - 0) has made a huge impact in his short career, being dubbed the UK's Anderson Silva due to his unconventional fighting style. One of the UK's most promising young fighters, Page is an exciting addition to the SFL roster.
Paul Ivens, London Shoot Fighters Head Coach said: "After having attended Super Fight League 2 and seeing the exceptional quality of the organization, its staff and fighters I've been very excited to get members of London Shoot Fighters, the UK's top MMA team involved in the show. I'm really pleased to have SFL sign rising MMA star and world champion kickboxer Michael Page, who's looking forward to fighting his heart out for the Indian fans and everyone watching around the world."