It didn't matter how competitive Monson tried to make it, nor did it matter how competitive Fedor made Monson look at all in this fight, because "The Last Emperor" lost twice in 2011 and had to start from scratch in order to get back to his winning ways.
It also didn't matter that Monson was coming off of a loss to Daniel Cormier when he fought Fedor and would widely be seen as another "no name" that Fedor beat, because like Fedor or not, Fedor needed the win badly.
It took a total of three five-minute rounds for Fedor to do what many analysts and pundits thought Monson would do to Fedor before the end of one five-minute round, but regardless, Fedor Emelianenko did return to his winning ways.
Some might call the fight tentative, but others might say Fedor was as calculated as he needed to be, and he dictated the pace of the fight while also showing respect for Monson's game when he needed to.
Fedor looked to be back to his fighting form, and officially being back in the win column does technically mean that he's back—but is he truly back?
Many say he's not yet, and some are far more pessimistic, believing he never will be, but despite a much more scientific approach to the fight, Fedor did what he needed to do and earned a unanimous decision win over an outclassed opponent.
There are currently no conclusions to jump to as far as Fedor's next challengers are concerned, and it's unlikely that anything will change anytime soon, but in front of a live Moscow crowd and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a legend of the sport earned a victory in the fashion which many believe he should have won at least two of his past three fights.
In any case, Fedor did return to the win column, and although it's tough to see him back where he once was, watching him as he tries to capitalize on this win will be a entertaining to watch as the streak he posted before last summer.