Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson official for Nov. 20th in MoscowPosted on September 16, 2011, 06:26 PM by Joey Santosus
Legendary heavyweights "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko (31-4, 1 NC) and Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (42-12) will headline the upcoming M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson card, set to take place Sunday, November 20th from the Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia.
“Fedor has been very vocal about wanting to continue his fighting career,” said Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global. “Fedor vs. Monson is a classic fight that had been in our crosshairs for years. All parties have come together to make this fight a reality.”
Regarded as one of MMA’s greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, Emelianenko has been challenged as late, losing his last three bouts after going undefeated for nearly a decade. The losses came at the hands of Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson. Hungry to compete, "The Last Emperor" still has the drive to battle top competitors. “I cannot wait to compete again. Monson is a great athlete who is skilled in many areas. He is a very worthy opponent,” said Emelianenko.
Coming off of a loss to Daniel Cormier, the 40-year-old Monson is a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist and considered extremely dangerous on the ground with more than half of his 42 career wins coming by way of submission.
Though Emelianenko is coming off of three straight losses, Monson holds the Russian in high regard; “Fedor is the best heavyweight of all time… It’s an honor to be fighting him.” Asked about what a win would mean, Monson didn’t mince words; “A win would be a highlight to my career. My trainers at American Top Team will prepare me for all possibilities. I’ll be prepared.”
As hype builds toward the legendary match-up between Emelianenko and Monson, preparations by M-1 Global are already well underway for the promotion's October 14th event in Phoenix, Arizona. M-1 Challenge: Guram vs. Garner 2, from the new 5,500 seat Grand Canyon University Arena, marks the promotion’s third outing on the premium US network Showtime and is headlined with two title fights: Reigning Heavyweight Champion Guram Gugenishvili (11-0) will face relentless power-puncher Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (7-3), while BJJ ace Vinny Magalhaes (8-5) makes his inaugural Light Heavyweight title defense against Mikhail Zayats (14-5).
For additional information go to the official M-1 Global website and/or Facebook fan page.
Photo: Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction's "Banned", a mixed martial arts fight at the Honda Center on July 19, 2008 in Anaheim, California. Francis Specker