Fedor Emelianenko Victorious, Daniel Weichel Captures Gold in Moscow

The long awaited return of Fedor Emelianenko to competition in Russia was a successful one. The much heralded heavyweight followed a designed game plan to a unanimous decision victory over MMA veteran Jeff Monson.

The fight headlined M-1 Global’s A Battle of Legends: Fedor vs. Monson pay-per-view main card from Olympic Arena in Moscow.Russia, following prelims on Facebook and Ustream.tv.

The fight which marked the return to action on Russian soil for Emelianenko featured the heavyweight superstar executing a flawless game plan which systematically picked apart Monson over the course of three rounds.

Emelianenko landed a healthy mixture of kicks and punches which dropped Monson on numerous occasions to the delight of the 22,000 fans in attendance. Showing strict attention to detail, Fedor continued to remain patient and chose to keep the fight on the feet, thwarting any attempt by Monson to take the action to the ground.

Upon the announcement of his unanimous decision victory, Fedor was joined and congratulated by family and friends including Prime Minister Vladimir Puten.

In the evenings co-main event, German lightweight Daniel Weichel knocked out reigning M-1 Challenge lightweight Champion Jose Figueroa on his way to capturing the title in impressive fashion.

Early in the first round Figueroa looked sharp as he used his height and reach advantage to land shots on his challenger. But as Weichel began to settle in , Figueroa threw a jab that was quickly met by a right hand to the jaw, knocking the champion to the canvas. Weichel swarmed Figueroa landing a number of hammer fists that caused the referee to jump in and stop the bout.

The official results:

Fedor Emelianenko def. Jeff Monson – unanimous decision
Daniel Weichel def. Jose Figueroa – TKO- Round 1
Mairbek Taisumov def. Joshua Thorpe via KO at 3:15 Round 2
Albert Duraev def.Xavier Foupa-Pokam vis submission (triangle choke) at 2:40 Round 2
Yuri Ivlev def. Jerome Bouisson via KO at 0:58 Round 1
Alexander Volkov def.Arsen Abdulkerimov via KO Round 1
Salim Davidov def. Sergey Kornev via unanimous decision
Mikhail Malyutin def. Seydina Seck via KO Round 1

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