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Video: Fedor Emelianenko Snaps His Losing Streak, Outpoints Jeff Monson in Moscow

(Fight starts at the 2:38 mark. And is that Fedor’s new lady at the 29:22 mark? Alright, buddy. Upgrade.Props: valetudorus via MMAMania)

It’s been a tough couple of years for heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. First, a brilliant MMA strategist named Damian Demento went public with a groundbreaking strategy on how to defeat him, which involved putting the boots to Fedor’s belly and intentionally mispronouncing his name. Then, his next three opponents beat him by stoppage. Coincidence? I don’t know. You tell me.

What’s important is that Fedor finally got back in the win column on Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over American grappler Jeff Monson at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson, in front of a crowd of over 20,000 at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium that included Vladimir Putin. The full fight video is above, which shows Fedor in more controlled, measured form than his recent appearances, choosing to stay on the outside and score with leg kicks and long punches for the majority of the fight.

Monson, unfortunately, had nothing for him. In fact, the only times the Snowman was able to get the fight to the ground is when he fell over after getting punched in the face.

So, is Fedor “back”? Since we don’t know if he’ll ever face top-ten competition again, it’ll be hard to answer that question. He’ll reportedly return at DREAM’s New Year’s Eve show against Japanese judoka Satoshi Ishii (4-1-1), who most recently fought to a draw against Paulo Filho at Amazon Forest Combat. Full results from M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson are below.

- Fedor Emelianenko def. Jeff Monson via unanimous decision
- Daniel Weichel def. Jose Figueroa via KO, round 1 (becomes new M-1 lightweight champion)
- Alexander Yakovlev def. Juan Manuel Suarez via TKO, round 2
- Yuri Ivlev def. Jerome Bouisson via TKO, round 1
- Mairbek Taisumov def. Joshua Thorpe via KO, round 2
- Mikhail Malyutin def. Seydina Seck via KO, round 1
- Albert Duraev def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam via submission (triangle choke), round 2
- Salim Davidov def. Sergey Kornev via unanimous decision

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Todd M- November 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm
LOKI, FTW spot on man. Did any one else notice Fedor's gut? Dude looked a lot pudgier than usual. The whole show was kinda sad, the way they marketed it around Fedor as if he was still the force he was 2 years ago, you know that country has dodgy politics when the Prime Minister is down with Finklestien, also no mention of the Hallmark style introductions? with mother fucking Morgan Freeman voicing? shame on you CP.
zhangdd- November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Honeynutts- November 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm
What a horrible fight
bgoldstein- November 21, 2011 at 10:49 am
@ drainplug:

It was God's will for Fedor to find a dime-piece.
drainplugofideas- November 21, 2011 at 9:58 am
All I want to know about is Fedor's love life... I'd seen his old wife and I kind of thought he'd always stick with that even though the new girl is hot. I really want to know more. Cagepotato get on it. It's time for some hard hitting journalism.
arm chair cut man- November 21, 2011 at 9:40 am
A points it looks like Fedor is fighting a heavily tatted shaven gorilla.
LOKI- November 21, 2011 at 9:28 am
What a Monson!

Wait...which one is the Russian again; the the pudgy plumber with a summer tan in late November, or the pasty-white chissled skinhead with all the commie tats?
RwilsonR- November 21, 2011 at 8:22 am
Next up for Fedor... Viachaslav Datsik.
coen9- November 21, 2011 at 7:52 am
This Monson fight was a check to see how far Fedor had fallen...apparently not THAT far.
Griff- November 21, 2011 at 7:35 am
The Snowman? More like the Statue. No stand-up, no take down defense. Seems like Fedor could have ended that at any time, but he wasn't going to risk losing a fourth straight fight by fighting carelessly and sloppy again.
SnackDaddy- November 21, 2011 at 7:04 am
...the Emperor eats the Snowman?
Kimbos Bread- November 21, 2011 at 6:03 am
In soviet Russia...
...something something snowman.
Dog Dicks Magoo- November 21, 2011 at 5:45 am
Fedor has moved up. Wooden cross to metal? He's a fancy boy.