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It’s Official: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson Confirmed for November 20th in Moscow


(Fedor poses with his new protege, Kiril Biebernov. Photo via MiddleEasy)

M-1 Global officials have confirmed that Fedor Emelianenko will return to action against Jeff Monson, November 20th at an M-1 Global event in Moscow. Both fighters have signed contracts for the match, which is expected to take place at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium.

It will be Fedor’s first fight in his home country since his first-round submission of Matt Lindland at BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations in April 2007. Fedor entered that fight on a streak of 23 fights without a loss. Now he finds himself trying to pull the emergency brake on a three-fight losing skid. As for Monson, he most recently lost a decision to Daniel Cormier in June.

M-1 Global has reportedly been in negotiations with Showtime Sports to broadcast the event on Showtime.

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boomtime- September 17, 2011 at 6:46 am
Looks like a gay porn shoot"vere iz za guy to fix za vashing machine" cue porn music
Todd M- September 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Monson's going to be knocked out swiftly, Never Say Never!
2DaDeath- September 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm
@topdog: That would be an awesome scenario! Plus, a lot of people forget that Fedor is no Ken Shamrock. Fedor can still hang with the top 20 HW's in the world, imo.
Gobbleston- September 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm
What's up with the dramatic Schindler's List stereotype russian track suit? What's funny to me is it looks like they are maybe working out or something, but I know damned well that dude sports that track suit everywhere he goes.
Fried Taco- September 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm
@NotReadyStatus - He's one of those Russian Canadians, I'm sure MRuss can get stats on him.
Morningwood- September 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Topdog, yeah I guess there's always someone willing to make money off someone's health. HE could probably lose 10 more fights and still get more fights somewhere.
NotReadyStatus- September 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Ha ha! I was looking for stats on Biebernov before I got the joke.
JewJitsYou- September 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm
I want to know why the hell he's fighting Monson of all people, did Wes Simms have a job fair to attend that day?
Hesh to Steel- September 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Fedor's not retiring until Vadim Finkelstein feels he's made enough money. That being said, I don't think Monson wins this. He's he same size as Fedor, hit more muscular, and he's not nearly as good a striker. Monson's a great grappler, but fedor is no slouched on the ground either.
skeletor- September 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm
@FriedTaco - Actually the correct MMA math would be if he can finish Monson he will be ranked above Cormier since he beat the guy who beat Fedor last but only beat Cormier by decision.
topdog- September 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm
@morningwood unless he goes for the Jens Pulver attitude
RearNakedSpoon- September 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Whoever came up with the tagline for that picture, well done. Managed to floor me with that one when it finally hit me.
XENOPHON- September 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm
What the fucks up with that EMO haircut? GTFOHWTS
Morningwood- September 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm
if Fedor loses this match it will be over for him.
entropee- September 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm
I'm guessing either Fedor knocks out Monson in the first or Monson subs Fedor by north south choke in the third.
Fried Taco- September 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm
So Monson lost a decision to the guy who knocked out the guy who knocked out Fedor. Using MMA math, that means.... Fedor will win! (If you didn't get the same answer, you forgot to carry the M-1 and use Russian math.)
NinjaVanish- September 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Man Kiril was so hyped up in 2009. He was hyped as the new Fedor. Now his record is a meager 7-4 and he's been busted for steroids. Hard times
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