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Fedor Emelianenko: ‘I Think Jeff Monson is a Game Opponent’

By Anton Gurevich,

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Next weekend, “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (32-4) will look to prove he still knows how to win fights, squaring off against the fellow MMA veteran Jeff Monson in the main event of M-1 Global’s “Battle of Legends” in Moscow, Russia. The event will mark Emelianenko’s first bout in Russia since the BodogFights encounter with the now-retired Matt Lindland.

The “black stripe” of Fedor Emelianenko‘s career started back in June of 2009 with what was then a shocking defeat to Fabricio Werdum in just 60 seconds. The negative streak continued with a painful-to-watch TKO loss to the “Bigfoot”Antonio Silva, and the latest disappointment just a few months ago against Dan “Hendo” Henderson.

Against Jeff Monson, Fedor and his team hope for a different outcome.

The main part of Emelianenko’s training camp for Jeff Monson took place in Special Sports Gym in Amstelveen, Netherlands (20 minutes from Amsterdam). I had an exciting opportunity to interview Fedor Emelianenko in Netherlands (3 hours by train from my home, up north in Groningen), ahead of what could easily be the most important fight of his illustrious MMA career. Visibly reenergized Emelianenko shared about his plans for the fight with Jeff Monson, and what he’s been concentrating on in this training camp

“I don’t like to talk about other fighter’s weaknesses. That’s something we’ll be able to find out during the fight,” he said. ”Jeff Monson is physically strong, and has a very good ground game, with both wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s a game opponent.”

Check out the rest of this exclusive interview with “The Last Emperor” HERE.

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RSparrow- November 17, 2011 at 12:07 am
Xeno, Me likey was making a funny comment. Every one of your post are from left field, and I have yet to believe you're stable. I used to think you just got fucked up on Ambien and tried to post intellectualy, now I'm convinced you sit at your computer typing while biting a towell and wearing a helmet. What's up with you buddy, LSD and now you see auras?
XENOPHON- November 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm
@Me likey
it could go that way. I'll put a buck on Fedor to win.
. the fight. If you have Monson winning - how and in what round?
Me likey- November 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm
fedor, "push a little harder. i can't get it in my mouth."
TheWarsawExpress- November 16, 2011 at 7:31 am
@Rampages Conscience...that is sort of true. I mainly use the internet to beat off.
XENOPHON- November 16, 2011 at 6:29 am
The loss to Werdum was not anticipated except by the few who dislike Fedor - and he got caught, just as Sonnen did by Anderson.
The loss to Bigfoot was a combination of size, and that the smaller man ended up flat on his back taking too much damage in too short of time. Yet, few will disagree that if Bigfoot had ended up on the bottom, Fedor was more than capable of finishing too. Bigfoot no doubt won.
As for the Henderson fight, I honesty thought Hendo was in BIG trouble, before his last second punch sneaked in.
Being old school, Monson has always been a favorite, as is Fedor...but on this coming night - based of both this old guys last bouts, I think Fedor gets his hand raised at the end of the night.
Rampages Conscience- November 16, 2011 at 6:20 am
TheWarsawExpress's translation: I primarily go to Cagepotato to beat off.
TheWarsawExpress- November 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

Please continue to put up links to the facebook sites of hot chicks. Please select at least two hot chicks per sampling. One is not enough.

KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- November 16, 2011 at 4:06 am
Monson by Monson Choke
PurplePickle- November 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm
Fedor lost in 2009? Try June 2010, you trifling fucks. Real journalists cost what? CP jumped the shark, ate it's shit and gave it a rimjob a very long time ago.
RSparrow- November 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm
I've never been impressed with a Monson fight... Dude needs to work as a guard at Pelican Bay.
Joedirt- November 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm
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jfjjfjff- November 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm
the fix is in... calling it now.
myklhoey- November 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm
i cant hate on this guy, i renemba him from up to 9 years ago, he was a beast, i dont think hes completly out of the game, but i do feel he wasted his last prime years allowin his crappy managment to keep him fresh and active, and in the prosses became stale in a growing sport.
if he does lose i will addmit its time for him to hang it up, i dont eva think he will compete at high levels again, but hopefully he will win a few more befor he goes out
Fried Taco- November 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm
He's a gay opponent. - Fixed your slight translation mistake.