Former top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko battered UFC veteran Jeff Monson from start to finish to pick up his first victory in his last four fights on Sunday in Moscow.
The main event fight punctuated an evening aimed at promoting MMA in Russia more than anything, with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in attendance.
Fedor had little trouble with Monson, as he defended the takedown well and crushed Monson with power rights and leg kicks. Monson was somehow able to survive to the end of the fight despite being knocked down four separate times.
Fedor fought slightly more cautious than he had recently by varying his attacks more and by not recklessly rushing in an attempt to finish. While Fedor appeared to have some fight in him, Monson appeared sluggish at times and posed little threat to the former PRIDE champion.
Fedor is likely to face 2008 Olympic Judo Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
The complete M-1 Global results were:
- 265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko def. Jeff Monson via unanimous decision
- 155 lbs.: Daniel Weichel def. Jose Figueroa via KO round one
- 170 lbs.: Alexander Yakovlev def. Juan Manuel Suarez via TKO at 3:15 round two
- 155 lbs.: Mairbek Taisumov def. Joshua Thorpe via KO at 3:15 round two
- 185 lbs.: Albert Duraev def.Xavier Foupa-Pokam vis submission (triangle choke) at 2:40 round two
- 155 lbs.: Yuri Ivlev def. Jerome Bouisson via KO at 0:58 round one
- 265 lbs.: Alexander Volkov def.Arsen Abdulkerimov via KO round one
- 205 lbs.: Salim Davidov def. Sergey Kornev via unanimous decision
- 155 lbs.: Mikhail Malyutin def. Seydina Seck via KO round one
- 155 lbs.: Nikolai Kaushansky vs. Alexander Vinogradov