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Fedor Emelianenko tops Jeff Monson in Moscow

Former highly-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko finally got back to winning fights, earning a decision over former UFC title-contender Jeff Monson at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson from Moscow, Russia. The show was broadcast live in the U.S. early Sunday morning.

“The Last Emperor” had lost his previous three fights while competing in Strikeforce, falling to Dan Henderson, Antonio Silva, and Fabricio Werdum. Fighting for the first time in his native country in over four years, Emelianenko dismantled Monson over three rounds with jabs, punches and low kicks.

Fedor stopped the constant takedown attempts by Monson, bloodying and bruising his face. Emelianenko kept the fight standings, keeping himself from getting into the same kind of trouble as followed in fights with Silva and Werdum.

Vadim Finkelstein, co-founder of M-1, said after the fight that Fedor could return to action next month against 2008 Olympic judo champion Satoshi Ishii. Nothing has been confirmed, however.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    If Fedor fights in Russia and no one sees it..does anyone care?

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  • danw84 says:


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  • elkymbo says:


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  • MCM says:

    remember when Fedor stories would have the most comments in them, and there would be these long arguments over who could beat him and was his record really that great? Now, his stories have 4 responses and 3 of them are jokes.
    *sigh* how the mighty have fallen.

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  • edub says:

    I didn’t watch, but I heard this fight was absolutely horrid.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Really what’s next for him? more mediocre opponents? Just a shame…

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  • edub says:

    Rece- Most of the chatter has been a new years eve fight with Satoshi Ishii in Japan. So yes, not only mediocre but terribly one dimensional.

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  • I watched the first 3 minutes gave up and read the results….Whether you believe Fedor was/is the greatest of all time or not, there’s no denying that his greatness is gone. The mystery has been solved, its just not the same anymore.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Fedor was a very accomplished fighter in his prime and arguably the greatest of his generation. Obviously his time has past. Not sure if he wasn’t as good as everyone thought in the first place or if he lost his competitive fire or what.

    Disappointed we never got to see him against Randy Coture or the once hyped super fight with Brock Lesnar. We will never know how he would have done against the top UFC HW but, judging by the way he got handled in SF it would not have gone well.

    I think Fedor is now irrelevant in the discussion of HW contenders in any promotion. Until he fights and defeats at least one or two HW in the top 10 I really don’t care what he does.

    He would not last long against anyone in contention judging by recent performance. He is just being marched out there to squeeze every last Ruble out of his washed up carcass to fill the coffers of M-1 global.

    Just can’t bring myself to care what can he is fighting next.

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  • ssundell says:

    I don’t really get the comments about fight being “absolutely horrid”. There were a lot worse fights during the weekend.

    In reality, it was 15 minutes of domination by Fedor. Granted, he seemed a bit apprehensive in the sense that he didn’t try to tear Monson’s head off. Instead, Fedor actually seemed to have a bit of a game plan, and he stuck to it, and while doing that, he threw Monson around like a rag doll. He probably could have, and should have, gone for a stoppage, but he chose not to, and ended up winning pretty much without a scratch on him. I think that’s a perfectly decent way of halting your three-loss skid.

    Now, maybe Monson isn’t a Top-10 fighter – but really, how far down is he, particularly if you check what’s available outside Zuffa universe? Fedor reduced him into flopping on his back in desperation, much in the way of Werdum-Overeem – except that unlike in that fight, every time Fedor touched Monson, more damage was done.

    No, I’m not saying Fedor should challenge JDS. I’m not saying he’s the “Fedor of old”. But it seems that even after the three losses, expectations for Fedor still seem to be running exceptionally high if his performance on Sunday draws that much criticism.

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  • Niv says:

    Fedor is the greatest of all-time in my opinion, just like any other great in any other sport time has a way of making you look ordinary.

    So Fedor loses 3 in a row, so what he may not be the best today but he’s still dnagerous.

    Apparently Monson recently stated Fedor broke his leg during that fight. Fedor may not be the impressive monster he once was, but he can still hit like a mule.

    Fedor will never be an easy fight, unfortunately I don’t see him at the top anymore either. I’d rather see him hang up his gloves and enjoy the fruits of his labours than just be another tough fighter.

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