Mixed martial arts veteran Jeff “The Snowman” Monson has traveled all the way to Moscow for a chance to fight Russian legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko on his home turf.
A two-time ADCC champ, the 40-year-old Monson is a veteran of over fifty professional fights, having earned a record of 43-12 during his near-fifteen year career. The outspoken anarchist has faced a host of world-class competition, ranging from Chuck Liddell at UFC 29 in 2000 to Daniel Cormier at a Strikeforce event this year. Still, and despite The Last Emperor’s three-fight losing skid, fighting Fedor is something that Monson takes very seriously and believes could be a culminating moment in his long career.
“Fedor is the best heavyweight of all-time,” Monson said. “It’s an honor for me to fight him. A win would be the highlight of my career. My trainers at American Top Team have prepared me for all possibilities.”
Monson and Emelianenko will meet tomorrow, November 20, at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow at the top of the M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson fight card. Monson recently rebounded from a decision loss to Daniel Cormier by tapping out the unheralded Paul Taylor last month. Emelianenko has suffered three consecutive defeats – to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Dan Henderson – and all were stoppages that came before the third round.