M-1 Global has been releasing promotional videos for the upcoming Moscow tilt, which feature both Fedor and his veteran opponent Monson.
One of the videos refers to Monson as an “American Hero”, before reminding viewers that the renowned grappler “has beaten many great fighters” and is out to “conquer Fedor.” Former UFC champion Pat Miletich won’t be referring to the 40 year-old-heavyweight as a national hero anytime soon.
“Jeff and I have had some Twitter wars over it,” Miletich said about Monson, a self identified anarchist, who has been a vocal critic of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, American foreign policy, and the nation’s political system. “I think from a certain foreign stand-point, Jeff Monson may be considered an American hero; from a true American stand-point Jeff Monson is nowhere near. That term never even arises in anyone’s mind with common sense American thinking.”
“Jeff Monson, in his statements throughout time, has proven to be flat-out, anti-American."
“I’m sure it’s just to promote the fight. A Russian and world legend like Fedor Emelianenko taking on an America fighter ... From a promotional stand-point it’s a good angle to take.Like I say, a Russian legend against an American fighter with a fairly big name, who’s been around in several major organizations. So it’s about marketing and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
“I think Monson’s plan is going to be lay-and-pray. Fedor has never really changed his style for anybody, he goes for the kill every fight, so he’s probably going to want to stop Monson’s takedowns and force him to bang with him…If I was a betting man I’d be betting on Fedor.”
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