A heavyweight clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson has been officially announced by M-1 Global to take place from the Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia on November 20th.
Emelianenko (31-4), who once sat at the top of the heavyweight and pound-for-pound rankings, finds himself in a three fight losing streak. Consecutive losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson prompted Emelianenko’s release from Strikeforce and fueled questions regarding his future in the sport. However, according to M-1 Global‘s Evgeni Kogan, “Fedor has been very vocal about wanting to continue his fighting career.” Emelianenko himself stated, “I cannot wait to compete again. Monson is a great athlete who is skilled in many areas. He is a very worthy opponent.”
The well-traveled Monson (42-12) saw his eight fight winning streak come to an end when he lost a unanimous decision to Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce’s June event. Monson is a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist and has 26 submission wins during his MMA career.