As we announced yesterday, M-1 Global had plans to bring Fedor back to Russia for his next fight, and today we know who he will meet across from him in the big white ring.
Over on his Twitter page, Jeff Monson wrote, “Nov 12th vs Fedor in Russia M-1 confirmed,” and as quickly as that, the bout was on. Earlier speculation led many to believe Travis Wiuff or Mike Whitehead would be Fedor’s opponent, but instead he will have to contend with the American Top Team fighter instead. No official location has been announced for this match other than it will be somewhere in Russia.
Monson has gone 3-1 this year, his most recent bout a loss to Daniel Cormer in Strikeforce. The last time Emelianenko fought in Russia was in 2007 against Matt Lindland in St. Petersburg for Bodog Fights, where he won by armbar in the first round. Fedor was last seen in the Strikeforce cage in a losing effort against Dan Henderson that ended with the third loss in a row for the former Pride FC Heavyweight champ. His last win was against Brett Rogers nearly two years ago, also in Strikeforce.