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Fedor vs Monson Goes Official

Written on September 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The heavyweight battle pitting Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson is now official!

The anticipated heavyweight battle between Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson is now official, as M-1 Global announced last Thursday. The said match will go down on November 20 at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.

Once regarded as world’s best heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko has stumbled of late. After being undefeated for the past nine years, he has dropped his last three bouts. Fedor Emelianenko was then released of his Strikeforce contract afterwards. Meanwhile; Jeff Monson’s recent appearance was a Strikeforce match against Daniel Cormier last June 18, wherein he loss via unanimous decision.

The Fedor Emelianenko vs Jeff Monson bout will mark the former’s return to action in the Russian soil since a 2007 victory over Matt Lindland. While little is known about the November 20 event, M-1 Global is said to be in negotiations with Showtime Sports in an attempt to broadcast the tournament on a premiere cable network.

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Fedor Emelianenko, to Face Jeff Monson on November 12

Written on September 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fedor Emelianenko finally got an opponent in Jeff Monson, as they are set to lock horns on November 12 in Russia.

As Fighting Insider reported last Monday, M-1 Global co-founder – Vadim Finkelstein – said that Fedor Emelianenko’s next event will be in Russia. In relation to this, Jeff Monson tweeted recently that he will face The Last Emperor on November 12.

Fedor Emelianenko was released from Strikeforce after dropping his third consecutive loss against Dan Henderson. Meanwhile, Jeff Monson is most known for his four-fight run in UFC in 2006. That victory streak ended with a loss to Tim Sylvia at UFC 65.

Moreover, Jeff Monson was rumored to face UFC contender – Gabriel Gonzaga – next month. However, no word on whether his upcoming match against Fedor Emelianenko would change that plan.

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Fedor Emelianenko, Fighting in Russia

Written on September 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fedor Emelianenko will remain in active MMA competition, as he will fight in his native Russia in "late fall."

After his recent TKO loss against Dan Henderson last July 30, Fedor Emelianenko opted to go against retirement. In fact, his manager and M-1 Global co-founder – Vadim Finkelstein – confirmed yesterday that The Last Emperor will fight in his native Russia in “late fall.” However, the date, venue and his next opponent is yet to be determined.

If he comes out successful, Fedor Emelianenko will have a chance to go back to US in 2012.

More updates on Fedor Emelinenko are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider.

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Fedor Emelianenko: To Make a Fall Return in Russia

Written on August 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It is not yet the end of the road for Fedor Emelianenko, as he is set to make a fall return in hometown Russia.

While there are speculations that Fedor Emelianenko’s knockout loss against Dan Henderson last July 30 may mean the end of his career, M1-Global revealed that he’s not done yet.

Vadim Finkelstein also added that M-1 Global is currently in negotiation with their Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan — where Fedor Emelianenko will participate as well.

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Strikeforce Releases Fedor Emelianenko

Written on August 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Following his third consecutive loss, Fedor Emelianenko was released by Strikeforce.

Following his third loss against Dan Henderson last Saturday, UFC President – Dana White, co-owner of Strikeforce’s parent company; Zuffa – announced that Fedor Emelianenko will be cut from the promotion.

The 34-year-old Last Emperor said after his match against Dan Henderson that he might consider retirement upon returning to Russia. But if he chooses to return, it might be under a new promoter. His contract with Showtime, the premiere cable channel that broadcasts Strikeforce and M-1 Global tournaments, still continues. That said, it is still possible for Fedor Emelianenko to compete on Showtime under M-1 Global, but not with Strikeforce co-promoting.

What do you think lies ahead for the Last Emperor? Share your insights at the comments.

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Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson Quick Results

Written on August 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Results for Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs Henderson is now in the books. Check out who among your favorite fighters took home the bacon.

The Last Emperor’s reign may finally be over, as Dan Henderson earned a first round TKO win over Fedor Emelianenko last Saturday. The Fedor vs Henderson bout served as a main attraction for Strikeforce and M-1 Global’s tournament. Last Saturday’s event took place at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estate, Illinois, with the evening’s main card aired on Showtime.

Dan Henderson has now earned a three-fight win streak, while Fedor Emelianenko dropped three straight fights. The Last Emperor will be forced to face further inquiries with regards to his retirement.

See the Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs Henderson quick results after the break.

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Dan Henderson, Ready for the “Wrecking Machine” Fedor at Strikeforce

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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Dan Henderson is still expecting to face the Fedor Emelianenko on his best for the upcoming Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson event on Saturday.

Fedor Emelianenko was thought before as an unbeatable fighter in MMA. He obtained 27 consecutive victories after he gets his first loss in a freak cut, 17 seconds into the bout. However, his winning streak was stopped by Fabricio Werdum through a submission, followed by a TKO loss against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. The calls of “past his prime” and “over the hill” began to fly into the face of the 34 year old Russian fighter. However, Dan Henderson isn’t buying it.

Dan Henderson, the former two division champion, still believes that the former heavyweight kingpin still had a lot of power on his punches and have several tricks up his sleeve.

Readying for the Saturday’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, the latter is expecting for the same Fedor Emelianenko that was considered as a wrecking machine in Pride to stand against him.

Posted after the cut is the video interview with Dan Henderson courtesy of MMAWeekly.com

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Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs Henderson Preview

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before Sears Centre heats up this Saturday, take a closer look at the upcoming Fedor vs Henderson match.

Fedor Emelianenko is the longtime Pride Fighting Championships title holder, who became the most powerful free agent. But after that, he became the recipient of shocking, back-to-back upsets.

This Saturday, Fedor Emelianenko will face Dan Henderson to highlight Strikeforce and M-1 Global’s main event. After that, fans will get the latest installment of in Fedor Emelianenko’s journey. But before you get and feel the action at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, take a closer look at the Fedor vs Henderson match-up by hitting the jump.

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Brunson vs Sayers, Added to Fedor vs Henderson Undercard

Written on July 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another undercard match was added to the Fedor vs Henderson lineup, as Derek Brunson and Lumumba Sayers face each other on July 30.

According to MMAWeekly.com sources, an undercard match-up between Derek Brunson and Lumumba Sayers was added to Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson lineup.

Derek Brunson will step in the cage on July 30 with a clean 7-0 record. This will be his second match under Strikeforce promotion, following his victory over Jeremy Hamilton at Strikeforce Challengers 16. Meanwhile, Lumumba Sayers last fought in January against Edward Banks. All of his four victories came by way of submission.

The Brunson vs Sayers match will be part of the Strikforce: Fedor vs Henderson undercard. The said tournament will go down on July 30, and will feature a heavyweight non-title fight between Fedor Emelianenko and current light heavyweight champ, Dan Henderson.

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Pamplona vs Stinson, Set for Fedor vs Henderson Event

Written on July 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another undercard match was added to Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson lineup, as Eduardo Pamplona faces Tyler Stinson on July 30.

On July 30, the Sao Paulo native – Eduardo Pamplona – will attempt to make his 11th consecutive win, as he faces Tyler Stinson for the Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson bout. Strikeforce officials announced last Monday that the Eduardo Pamplona vs Tyler Stinson match will be part of the event’s undercard.

Eduardo Pamplona is coming from a victory during his promotional debut last June 24 at Strikeforce Challengers 16 against Jerron Peoples. The 35-year-old fighter remained unbeaten, following his TKO loss to Robbie Lawler in 2007. Facing him is the Bellator Fighting Championships veteran, Tyler Stinson. He’s carrying a back-to-back win this year, including a split decision victory over Nate James.

The Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson will go down on July 30 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

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