September 11, 2007

by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
American athletes put on a dominant performance at the World Grappling Championships that took place in Turkey last weekend by grabbing all nine gold medals in competition.

Many of the athletes in competition were also full-time mixed martial arts fighters, including Jeff “Snowman” Monson who won the gold medal in the 125kg/275lb division.

Monson, who is coming off of a loss in his last MMA fight by knockout to Pedro Rizzo, rebounded in great fashion at the World Grappling Championships by pulling off two submissions en route to the gold medal.

Also in action, Team Quest fighter Matt Horwich won the silver medal in the 92kg/202.5lb weight class.

Horwich has spent the last year-plus in the IFL fighting for the Portland Wolfpack in the middleweight division. He will also compete in the organization’s upcoming Grand Prix to crown champions in each of their five weight classes.

Bodog Fight women’s champion Tara LaRosa won the gold medal in the 63kg/138.75lb weight division.

LaRosa won her Bodog title in July. The gold medal in the World Grappling Championships is another stellar performance from one of the top female fighters in the world.

All in all, Americans won 9 gold medals and 21 total medals in the competition.