Fans had already heard Fedor Emelianenko’s return to the ring would take place in his home-country of Russia. Now they know the who, when, and where.

According to an official announcement from M-1 Global, “The Last Emperor” will meet former UFC title-contender Jeff Monson on November 20 in the heart of his motherland, Moscow.

Emelianenko is coming off an entertaining, albeit losing, performance against Dan Henderson last July and is currently in the midst of a three-fight skid after nearly a decade of pure dominance. The 31-4 legend has beaten the cream of the heavyweight crop, primarily in PRIDE’s golden days, including Mirko Filipovic and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

“The Snowman” will also be looking to bounce back from defeat when he takes on Emelianenko after suffering a one-sided stumble to Strikeforce Grand Prix finalist Daniel Cormier a few months ago. Prior to the pasting, Monson had won eight straight and racked up wins over Sergei Kharitonov, Ricco Rodriguez, and Roy Nelson.


MMATraining Take: Nice matchmaking on the part of M-1 Global. Monson is no slouch and has some name recognition but remains a very beatable opponent for Emelianenko based on style. “The Snowman” isn’t a particularly good striker (two TKOs in more than fifty fights), relies on grappling, and isn’t a big heavyweight either. All of those things bode well for Fedor, who is undersized for the division himself and not only excels on the ground but has powerful, precise stand-up to boot.