M-1 Global held a press conference in Russia over the weekend for their upcoming Nov. 20 card which will feature Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson in the main event.
As expected, both Fedor and Monson were very respectful and complimentary of each other at the presser. Both also look forward to fighting in Russia. Translation via LowKick:
Fedor: “I’m very happy to fight at home. Since the majority of my fights took place in Japan or United States, I’m happy to be fighting in Russia again after 4 years. I would like to thank Jeff Monson for the opportunity to fight him, I always followed his career and hope that we’ll be able to show a beautiful fight for the fans… During my last three fights I always had a feeling that I can win. But somehow, in the last moment something always went wrong.”
Monson: “I always wanted to fight in Russia. I travel a lot as a fighter, but somehow I never fought in Russia. It’s a wonderful country with a lot of interesting places and people, but after all, I’m here to fight. Fedor Emelianenko is one of the greatest fighters on the planet and I’m honored to step inside the ring with him… I wanted to fight Fedor for a very long time, simply because he’s the best. It’s a very special fight and I’m definitely going to be well-prepared for that.”
The event will take place at the Olimpiskiy Sports Complex in Moscow. M-1’s Vadim Finkelchtein says 22,000 seats will be available at the venue and ticket prices will range from $10 all the way up to $3,100 for ringside seats.
Broadcast plans are still up in the air, but M-1’s Evegni Kogan says they’re exploring their options with Showtime and other potential broadcast partners to air it live in North America.
“We’re still in talks with Showtime as well as several other possibilities to show this fight in North America,” M-1 Global’s Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan said. “I guess there’s not a huge amount of time left to do a deal, so maybe within two or three week’s we will have something sorted, but it everything is continuing. I think it’s very likely that the bout will be live in North America, albeit, very early on the Sunday morning in the U.S., especially on the West Coast.”
Well, even if we miss that one, there’s always New Year’s Eve. Fedor added that they’re currently in talks to land him a NYE fight in Japan.
You can check out more pics of the press conference and a photo gallery of an autograph signing at MixFight.ru. If the turnout for the signing is any indication, this fight is going to be a big deal in Russia.