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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson Official for M-1, Moved to Nov. 20 in Moscow

Fedor Emelianenko won’t be going head-to-head with the UFC in his first fight since being released by Strikeforce following three-straight losses by the former top-ranked heavyweight.

Emelianenko will be fighting on home soil when he faces Jeff Monson in Moscow, Russia on November 20 in the main event for M-1 Global, which is reportedly negotiating with Showtime to broadcast the bout, according to Sherdog.

Showtime is also the current home of Strikeforce, which is now owned by the UFC.

The matchup was originally planned for November 12, the date of the UFC’s first event on Fox headlined by heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos, though the fights likely wouldn’t have aired at the same time unless Emelianenko-Monson was tape-delayed. It now takes place the day after UFC 139, which is headlined by Vitor Belfort vs. Cung Le on Nov. 19 in San Jose.

Emelianenko (31-4) was let go by Strikeforce following losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, and Dan Henderson that came after 27-straight wins over nearly 10 years.

Monson (42-12), who came up short against champion Tim Sylvia in his final UFC bout in 2006, more recently won eight-straight before dropping a unanimous decision to undefeated prospect Daniel Cormier in June. Before facing Emelianenko, “The Snowman” is scheduled to take on UFC vet Gabriel Gonzaga in the main event of W-1: Reloaded on Oct. 15 in Miami.

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