Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson to air LIVE on Pay-Per-View in USA on November 20thPosted on November 3, 2011, 04:41 PM by Anton Gurevich
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HOBOKEN, NJ (November 3, 2011) -- Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the November 20th "M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson" Mixed Martial Arts Pay-Per-View event, live Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia.
"Fedor vs. Monson," presented by M-1 Global, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 7:30 AM/ET - 4:30 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. Check listings for same-day replays.
"We're excited to be bringing Fedor's comeback to North American MMA fans," Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. "Everybody wants to know what the great Fedor has left and Monson, who is an extremely dangerous veteran, figures to up to the challenge of fighting Emelianko in his backyard. If fans aren't able to watch live, we will be offering same day and night replays so nobody has to miss the action."
"Fedor has been very vocal about wanting to continue his fighting career," noted Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global, Europe's undisputed MMA leader in Europe. "Fedor vs. Monson is a classic that had been in crosshairs for years. All parties have come together to make this fight a reality."
Universally recognized superstar Fedor Emelianenko (31-4, 8 KOs, 16 Submissions), arguably the greatest heavyweight in MMA history, is returning home to Russia to fight there for the first time in four years. The Russian combat sports icon is coming off of three straight losses in the United States to Dan Henderson, Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum.
"I cannot wait to compete again," an eager Fedor remarked. "Monson is a great athlete who is skilled in many areas. He is a very worthy opponent."
Wrestling and Brazilian Jui Jitsu specialist Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (43-12, 2 KOs, 27 Submissions), fighting out of Miami, Florida, is a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist.
"Fedor is the best heavyweight of all-time," a respectful Monson commented. "It's an honor to be fighting him. A win would be the highlight of my career. My trainers at American Top Team are preparing me for all possibilities."
In the co-feature, M-1 Challenge Lightweight Champion Jose Figueroa (10-4, 4 KOs, 5 Submissions), also fighting out of Florida, defends against German challenger Daniel Weichel (27-7, 4 KOs, 16 Submissions).
Scheduled to fight on the PPV undercard is Russian welterweight Aleksander Yakoviev (12-3, 4 KOs, 7 Submissions) vs. undefeated Spanish prospect Juan Manuel "Juanma" Suarez (8-0, 1 KO, 3 Submissions), Austrian welterweight Mairbek "Beckan" Taisumov (15-3, 8 KOs, 6 Submissions) vs. Josh Thorpe (10-6, 3 KOs), from Alabama, and Russian middleweight Arthur Guseinov (9-2, 6 KOs, 2 Submissions) vs. French veteran Xavier "Professor X" Foupa-Pokam (21-16, 11 KOs, 7 Submissions). All fights and fighters are subject to change.