One of the early pioneers and legends in the sports of MMA and submission grappling, Jeff Monson is fast approaching the twilight of his career. Over the course of almost two decades, he has fought such notable fighters as Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko. He also challenged Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight championship in 2006 at UFC 65. There is little “The Snowman” has left to prove in the cage. Nevertheless, this has not deterred him from making a commitment to continue competing, be it in the cage or on the mat, for at least two more years.

In the world of submission grappling, few have the credentials that Monson possesses. At the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship, he took home gold in 1999 and 2005, silver in 2000 and 2001, and bronze in 2009. He is also an IBJJF No-Gi absolute gold medalist and heavyweight silver medalist. While his days at the top may be behind him, the urge to challenge himself against the best and continue improving remains constant.

The MMA Corner’s Justin Fuller caught up with Monson at the ADCC America Nationals Tournament in Concord, N.C., where he competed against Rodrigo Artilheiro in a superfight match-up.

Watch the video interview above to find out what the future holds for Monson, and learn more about his goals for ADCC in Russia and Eastern Europe. Monson also shares one of his many stories about a fellow heavyweight who left him sleeping on the mats in a world tournament.