CHICAGO (Nov 14, 2011) - M-1 GLOBAL presents "Battle of the Legends" Fedor vs Monson from Olympic Hall in Moscow Russia, which will air LIVE on PPV via Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/m1global on Sunday, November 20th with the FREE undercard streaming live on Facebook and by Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN (www.integratedsportsnet.com).
"Judging by ticket sales, I think I made the right decision by setting up this event at one of the largest arenas in Moscow. We are practically sold out." - said M-1's president Vadim Finkelstein last week in an interview with Sports illustrated.
Universally recognized MMA superstar Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko (31-4), the greatest heavyweight in MMA history, is returning home to Russia to fight there for the first time in four years. The Russian combat sports icon is coming off of three straight losses in the United States to Dan Henderson, Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum.
"I cannot wait to compete again," Fedor remarked. "Monson is a great athlete who is skilled in many areas. He is a very worthy opponent. "I'm really happy to be fighting in Russia, as mostly my fights happened overseas. The only time I fought in Russia before was in St. Petersburg four years ago. Feels good and I'm looking forward to it. I'd like to thank all my fans; I know there are a lot in America. I truly appreciate their support. I hope Jeff and I will offer an entertaining fight."
Wrestling and Brazilian Jui Jitsu specialist Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (43-12), fighting out of Miami, Florida, is a two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist.
"Fedor is the best heavyweight of all-time," a respectful Monson commented. "It's an honor to be fighting him. A win would be the highlight of my career. My trainers at American Top Team are preparing me for all possibilities."
"Fedor has been very vocal about wanting to continue his fighting career," noted Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global, Europe's undisputed MMA leader in Europe. "Fedor vs. Monson is a classic that had been in crosshairs for years. All parties have come together to make this fight a reality."
In the co-feature, M-1 Challenge Lightweight Champion Jose Figueroa (10-4, 4 KOs, 5 Submissions), also fighting out of Florida, defends against German challenger Daniel Weichel (27-7, 4 KOs, 16 Submissions). Scheduled to fight on the PPV undercard is also Russian welterweight Aleksander Yakoviev (12-3, 4 KOs, 7 Submissions) vs. undefeated Spanish prospect Juan Manuel "Juanma" Suarez (8-0, 1 KO, 3 Submissions), Austrian welterweight Mairbek "Beckan" Taisumov (15-3, 8 KOs, 6 Submissions) vs. Josh Thorpe(10-6, 3 KOs), from Alabama, and Russian middleweight Arthur Guseinov (9-2, 6 KOs, 2 Submissions) vs. French veteran Xavier "Professor X" Foupa-Pokam (21-16, 11 KOs, 7 Submissions).
Access to all the fights will be available on Ustream.tv, iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, M-1global.com, and Facebook.
M-1 Global is now in full-swing treating the world-wide MMA community to 3 upcoming world-class events: M-1 Challenge XIX (also available via PPV on www.ustream.com/m1global) taking place at Ufa Arena in Ufa, Russia on November 19th, with a night of top level action featuring Dmitry Samoilov (Alexander Nevsky) 12-5-1 vs Mario Miranda (Black House, Brazil) 12-3, and with the co-main event featuring Eric Oganov (Alpha Omega MMA) 10-11 vs Daniel Madrid (USA) 7-2, followed by M-1 "Battle of the Legends" Fedor vs Monson on November 20th, a mega event with "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko making his return to Russia as he faces submission specialist and MMA veteran Jeff Monson live from the Olympic Hall is Moscow, Russia and live via PPV (for details visit www.m-1global.com or www.ustream.com/m1global), and closing the year with M-1 Challenge XXX December 9 from The Hangar at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, California and live on Showtime.