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Fedor Emelianenko to fight Jeff Monson in Russia on Nov. 12

Fedor Emelianenko (left) will fight grappling ace Jeff Monson on Nov. 12 in Russia.

According to Jeff Monson via Twitter, he will face Fedor Emelianenko on Nov. 12 in Russia at an M-1 promoted event.

This confirms a statement from Fedor’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein, last week when he said Fedor’s next fight would take place “late Fall” in Russia.

Whether or not it is a coincidence this fight will take place the same day UFC debuts on FOX with Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos is anyone’s guess.

Fight fans will recall Monson and Fedor were originally going to fight back in 2007 with Bodog, but after negotiations fell through Fedor ended up fighting (a much smaller) Matt Lindland at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg (Fedor won via first round armbar but not before Lindland opened him up with a cut).

Monson (42-12) was on an eight fight win streak prior to losing a unanimous decision to Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce in June. Monson is 40-years-old.

Fedor’s (31-4) fall from grace began in June 2010 when he suffered a first round submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce. He had gone undefeated for a solid decade prior to the bout.

He returned in Feb. 2011 losing via first round TKO to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix opening round, and then suffered another first round TKO loss in July against Dan Henderson.

Fedor is 34-years-old.

Stay close to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) as more details emerge about this Nov. 12 M-1 event.

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