With all of the great fights last night, it would be easy to forget that Fedor Emelianenko returned to action this morning against Jeff Monson. Compared to the epic battles that Shogun Rua, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Cung Le, Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler fought in last night, it was a bit of a snoozer, but that’s not really a fair comparison considering last night was more or less a perfect storm of the most exciting action this sport has to offer.
In short, Fedor vs. Monson was a more entertaining version of Overeem vs. Werdum 2. Unlike the Fedor who went after Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson with reckless abandon, we saw a much more tactical Fedor Emelianenko in the ring this morning. Rather than beat Monson at his own game like he’s done to countless opponents throughout his career, Fedor chose to keep it standing where Monson was no match for the former heavyweight king. For three straight rounds, Fedor stood at range and picked Monson apart with punches and leg kicks. Every time Monson tried to close the distance and secure a take down, Fedor either sprawled, tossed him to the mat or reversed it and landed in top position. In the few instances Fedor did find himself on the ground with Monson, he wisely just stood up instead of engaging Monson in a grappling match.
The strategy didn’t result in the most exciting performance Fedor has ever turned in, but it worked and Fedor snapped his three-fight losing streak with a much-needed win.
Fedor’s next fight isn’t set in stone, but M-1 Global hinted after the fight that Fedor could take on Satoshi Ishii on the DREAM New Year! 2011 card. As you may remember, the Olympic gold-medalist came into the sport with a lot of hype a couple years ago, but thus far hasn’t lived up to expectations. Simply put, it’s a gimme fight for Fedor if it goes down.
- Fedor Emelianenko def. Jeff Monson via Unanimous Decision
- Daniel Weichel def. Jose Figueroa via KO in Round 1
- Alexander Yakovlev def. Juan Manuel Suarez via TKO (Punches) in Round 2
- Yuri Ivlev def. Jerome Bouisson via TKO (Punches) in Round 1
- Mairbek Taisumov def. Joshua Thorpe via KO in Round 2
- Mikhail Malyutin def. Seydina Seck via KO in Round 1
- Albert Duraev def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round 2
- Salim Davidov def. Sergey Kornev via Unanimous Decision