The Last Emperor has announced his return to the cage: he will return under the M-1 Global banner this November against heavyweight submission specialist Jeff Monson.
Fedor Emelianenko was once considered to be the best heavyweight fighter on the planet, but he’s now suffered three consecutive losses, all of which were emphatic defeats. The Russian fighter was released from Strikeforce following his latest loss to Dan Henderson and, though some have suggested he do otherwise, Emelianenko has decided to continue his career outside of the Zuffa umbrella.
M-1’s director of operations Evgeni Kogan believes that Emelianenko is still a considerable draw and that a bout against Monson, who’s still under contract with Strikeforce, is one that is long overdue.
“Fedor has been very vocal about wanting to continue his fighting career,” said Kogan. “Fedor vs. Monson is a classic fight that had been in crosshairs for year. All parties have come together to make this fight a reality.”
For his part, Monson feels privileged to be able to get in the cage with one of the sport’s legends.
“Fedor is the best heavyweight of all time… It’s an honor to be fighting him,” said Monson. “A win would be a highlight to my career. My trainers at American Top Team will prepare me for all possibilities. I’ll be prepared.”
M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson is scheduled to take place on November 20 at the Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia.