After weeks of speculation, Jeff Monson will be Fedor Emelianenko’s upcoming opponent. Fedor vs. Monson will take place November 12 in Russia. If November 12 sounds familiar that is because the first UFC on Fox will “coincidentally” be taking place on the same date.
Monson broke the news via his Twitter account and announced the fight.
“Nov 12th vs Fedor in Russia M-1 confirmed” – @JeffMonson
[adinserter block=”2″]Nothing has been officially announced from M1 Global as far as exact location or broadcast information. M1 Global’s Vadim Finkelstein has said in the past that the fight would take place in Russia. My hunch is that the fight will air live on the Internet. I can’t imagine anyone else airing the fight live with so much going on in the combat sports world that night.
The date is a rather curious choice for such a big event. Not only does the UFC on Fox Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez fight take place on November 12, but so does Manny Pacquiao’s next boxing fight. If M1 were hoping that nobody would watch Fedor’s next fight, well they couldn’t have picked a better day.
Most assumed that Fedor’s next fight would air on Showtime. However, Showtime will be broadcasting Manny Pacquiao’s fight on pay per view. I couldn’t imagine Showtime airing a live Fedor fight on free television the same time as one of its biggest pay per view events of the year. That tells me something happened between M1 and Showtime and either the relationship is over or not what we expected.
Monson isn’t exactly Dan Henderson or even Kevin Randleman but it could have been worse. Quite frankly I have no problem with Fedor taking an opponent like Monson coming off of three losses. It makes sense. I just don’t want to hear M1 start bragging about Fedor being the best heavyweight in the world if he wins and yes, I said if.
Monson isn’t exactly what I’d call dangerous. Yet, I wouldn’t call him a pushover. He is 40 years old and has a 54 fight record. Monson’s most recent fight was a loss to Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce. However, Monson ran off eight straight wins before the Cormier fight. Not that any of those guys were top fighters, but they were eight wins nonetheless. This isn’t as big of a “give me” for Fedor as I would have expected.
[adinserter block=”1″]I also think it is fair to point out the potential problems Monson could have with getting a visa to fight in Russia. Monson is a known anarchist and does have a criminal record. If someone wants to make waves (and it isn’t as if M1 hasn’t made their enemies), they could make it very tough for Monson to get into Russia. I hope this was given consideration in making the fight.
Thanks to BloodyElbow.com for the tip!
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