Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, hopes that MMA fans in the U.S. will be able to see Fedor Emelianenko take on Jeff Monson from Moscow, Russia on November 20.
But, due to the time zone difference that Russia presents, Kogan is find it difficult to secure television rights. It has been rumored that Showtime would show the bout, but that has not been confirmed by Kogan.
“We’re still in talks with Showtime as well as several other possibilities to show this fight in North America,” said Kogan, in an interview with Full Contact Fighter. “I guess there’s not a huge amount of time left to do a deal, so maybe within two or three weeks we will have something sorted out, but everything is continuing. I think it’s very likely that the bout will be live on North America, albeit, very early on the Sunday morning in the U.S., especially on the West Coast.”
M-1 Global and Showtime will televise a card in October from Phoenix, Arizona. The two also have a contract with Fedor to showcase his fights, even though he isn’t part of Strikeforce any longer.
Kogan said that there will be the opportunity for American and Canadian fans to watch the card live online via pay-per-view.
Emelianenko could also fight again this year on the FEG New Year’s Eve Dynamite card as long as he suffers no serious injuries against Monson.
“It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s in the talks that it might happen,” Kogan said.
The 34-year-old Fedor is 31-4, but has lost his last three fights, including two coming by TKO. Monson (42-13) had his eight-fight win streak snapped by Daniel Cormier this past June.