For the first time in more than two years, Fedor Emelianenko has won a fight.
Fedor, the heavyweight who was among the best MMA fighters in the world for most of the last decade, snapped his three-fight losing streak with an easy unanimous decision victory over Jeff Monson at an M-1 Global event in Moscow on Sunday.
The fight wasn't much of a competition at all: Fedor battered Monson with punches and leg kicks, and Monson repeatedly failed in his efforts to take the fight to the ground. Fedor didn't look great, but he did look a whole lot better than Monson.
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265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko def. Jeff Monson via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Daniel Weichel def. Jose Figueroa via KO round one
170 lbs.: Alexander Yakovlev def. Juan Manuel Suarez via TKO at 3:15 round two
155 lbs.: Mairbek Taisumov def. Joshua Thorpe via KO at 3:15 round two
185 lbs.: Albert Duraev def.Xavier Foupa-Pokam vis submission (triangle choke) at 2:40 round two
155 lbs.: Yuri Ivlev def. Jerome Bouisson via KO at 0:58 round one
265 lbs.: Alexander Volkov def.Arsen Abdulkerimov via KO round one
205 lbs.: Salim Davidov def. Sergey Kornev via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Mikhail Malyutin def. Seydina Seck via KO round one
155 lbs.: Nikolai Kaushansky vs. Alexander Vinogradov
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How to watch.
“Fedor vs. Monson,” presented by M-1 Global, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 7:30 AM/ET – 4:30 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. Check listings for same-day replays.
Fedor Emelianenko unanimous decision over Jeff Monson
Following consecutive losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson, Fedor Emelianenko returned to M-1 Global to fight an experienced opponent. However, Jeff Monson had little to offer the Russian and continually failed to get the fight to the mat, where the renowned grappler had his best shot at victory.
Instead, Emelianenko treated the fight much like a kickboxing match, and he dropped Monson on multiple occasions – including three times in a dominant second round –with single shots. However, unlike Strikeforce, where his aggression sometimes proved an unwise gamble, he remained patient, refused to follow his opponent to the mat, and simply chopped him down with stinging leg kicks and lunging punches once they were standing.
By the third round, Monson was battered and bloodied, and his flatfooted fighting style and telegraphed shots made him easy prey.
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