Fedor Emelianenko returned to winning ways last night by defeating Jeff “the Snowman” Monson in front of a home crowd in the Olympic Sports Complex in Moscow, Russia. Throughout the matchup Fedor used his superior standup to keep Monson at a distance while peppering him with jabs, right hands, and leg kicks. Jeff Monson tried repeatedly for the takedown early in the first round but Fedor was able to stuff every one of them. Fedor was able to drop Monson twice in the second round but never followed up with ground and pound. A smart move since Monson is very skilled on the ground, holding a BJJ black belt and a two time ADCC champion. By the third round Fedor’s leg kicks took their toll on Monson as he limped around the ring. In the end Fedor secured a one-sided victory in front of a very happy crowd of 22,000.
Fedor is not wasting any time before continuing his comeback. During the post fight conference M-1 Global’s Vadim Finkelstein announced that Fedor will be meeting judo specialist Satoshi Ishii at DREAM’s New Year’s Eve fight card in Japan.
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