Jeff "The Snowman" Monson confirmed Tuesday that he has signed to fight Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko in an M-1 Global event in Russia on November 12th. Monson is a veteran of the sport with a record of 42-12. This matchup I think definitely favors Fedor who is riding a 3 fight losing streak into this contest. Fedor is a guy who likes to stand and knock people out. Monson has very little knock out power with only 2 of his 42 wins coming via knock out.
Monson in his last outing lost a decision to Daniel Cormier on a short notice fight. Before that, he was riding an 8 fight win streak. However, looking through the Snowman's past, he has lost every fight to a top level fighter. So in this contest, I don't expect anything different. I expect the Last Emperor to dictate where the fight takes place and score a knock out. This prediction is rather bold in my opinion because Monson is notoriously hard to finish. His only 2 knockout losses were to Ricco Rodriguez and Pedro Rizzo. The last knock out came back in 2007.
I believe this is a good matchup for Emelianenko. Monson is a veteran so he doesn't lose any respect for fighting a bum, but stylistically this is a great matchup for Fedor to return to his winning ways. The Snowman vs The Last Emperor could be the start of a new run for Emelianenko.