Jeff Monson Says He Will Face Fedor Emelianenko in Russia on Nov. 12

Joshua CareySenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2011

Emelianenko Fedor, the Winner of the PRIDE Heavy Weight Title Match (Photo by Tomokazu Tazawa/Getty Images)
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While Fedor Emelianenko (31-4) was unsuccessful fighting on American soil, it appears that he will now try his luck in his home country of Russia.

Former UFC heavyweight title contender Jeff Monson (42-12) announced the news via twitter.

"Nov 12th vs Fedor in Russia M-1 confirmed." Monson followed up an hour later saying, "Thanks conference on 16th in Russia. Putin will be there. Gonna try and get pic with him in my 'Communist' t-shirt."

Emelianenko is on a three-fight losing skid courtesy of Dan Henderson, Antonio Silva, and Fabricio Werdum. All three fights came during his tenure in Strikeforce and each loss ended by knockout or submission.

Monson has compiled a 3-1 record to this point in 2011, with his most recent outing being a decision loss to Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight semi-finalist Daniel Cormier.

Prior to the loss, Monson had won eight consecutive fights including submission victories over Jason Guida, Sergey Shemetov, and Tony Lopez.

While M-1 Global officials have yet to announce the matchup, the November 12 date, which coincides with the first UFC on Fox event will do the fight no favors ratings wise.


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