Considered to be the greatest heavyweight in the history of MMA, Fedor Emelianenko recently saw his reputation tarnished with a trio of consecutive defeats including two convincing finishes and a doctor’s stoppage after absorbing a ton of damage from Antonio Silva.
However, as rough as his recent stretch may have been, “The Last Emperor” has now put it behind him after making his first successful step back towards divisional relevance by outpointing former UFC title-contender Jeff Monson at an M-1 Global event in Moscow.
Emelianenko earned his victory after keeping things standing throughout, stopping Monson’s takedown attempts while punishing him throughout. The 35-year old Russian appeared to be a bit more reserved than normal, not attacking Monson with the same all-out aggression he’d shown in previous performances, but in the end he came away with a much-needed victory against an opponent with some name value.
After the fight M-1 officials suggested Emelianenko’s next fight could come against Japanese Judoka Satoshi Ishii, a gold medal-winning Olympian, though nothing official is in place.
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