Video: 'M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson' event preview
In less than a month, veteran heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko (31-4) and Jeff Monson (42-12) headline an M-1 Global event in Russia.
The event, dubbed "Fedor vs. Monson," takes place Nov. 20 at Olympic Arena in Moscow.
Check out a video trailer for the pay-per-view event, which recently included a well-attended kickoff event at a mall in Moscow.
Emelianenko fights for the first time since an ill-fated bout with Dan Henderson at "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson" that ended with him dazed on the mat in the first round. After the July bout, Emelianenko said he wasn't sure whether he'd continue to fight or retire from the sport.
It was Emelianenko's third consecutive loss, and it led UFC president Dana White to declare the former PRIDE champion was cut from Strikeforce, which is owned by UFC parent company Zuffa. M-1 Global officials said Emelianenko was not under contract with Strikeforce вЂ“ and instead Showtime вЂ“ and would continue to work with the premium-cable network.
Emelianenko is winless since a Strikeforce-debut victory over Brett Rogers in November 2009. Since then, he's suffered a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2010 and a recent TKO defeat to Antonio Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix earlier this year. Despite the losses, all three of Emelianenko's recent Strikeforce fights have been some of the highest-rated events in Showtime's MMA history.
Monson recently snapped an eight-fight win streak with a Strikeforce loss to Daniel Cormier in June. (The fight marked Monson's Strikeforce debut.) Since his stint with the UFC in 2006, which included a failed bid to take Tim Sylvia's UFC heavyweight belt, he's competed in organizations throughout the world and has picked up some notable victories over the likes of Roy Nelson, Ricco Rodriguez, Sergei Kharitonov and others.
No other fights have been confirmed for M-1's event.