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Jeff Monson, Aleks Emelianenko notch wins at M-1 event in Russia

Two of MMA’s handful of well-known heavyweights who don’t call the UFC home both saw action on the same card over the weekend with each earning a victory in their respective rumbles.

Headlining M-1 Challenge 31, Aleksander Emelianenko wowed his fellow Russians with a second round knockout of Tadas Rimkevicius, snapping a three-fight winning streak for “The Lithuanian Bear” and running his own record to 19-5 in the process. The performance marked Emelianenko’s second consecutive finish of an opponent and tenth in his last twelve fights (the two exceptions being losses).

Also highlighting the card, former UFC contender Jeff Monson (44-13) narrowly outpointed submission specialist Alexey Oleinik (33-9). Olenick, who owes 27 of 33 total wins to tap-outs, almost came away with the biggest triumph of his career in beating Monson but ultimately lost a Split Decision. The fight was the first for Monson, also apt on the ground, since losing to Fedor Emelianenko in November.

Though nothing has been mentioned their performances could set up a potential “super-fight” between the two under the promotion’s banner.

Bruno Carvalho also added a notch to his win column at the event, beating formerly undefeated Ramazan Esenbaev by way of Unanimous Decision.


  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Would have like to see Aleks in the US or UFC. Aleks vs Schaub, Mitrione, Barry, Kongo or Nelson would a good place to start.

  • MCM says:

    Too right LOGIC. Unfortunately, he didn’t get sanctioned for Affliction and then all those B.S. rumors of him have Hep B or C were spread around and the US shows all seem to have lost interest. I think he would have run through the Bellator HW tourney, and would have held his own in the SF tourney as well as being a top 15 HW fighter in the UFC. He’s got more holes in his game than his brother, but since he cut ties with M-1 (as far as management goes) awhile ago, I always thought he was a safer bet for Dana.
    Wouldn’t mind seeing him and Monson though.

  • Sweet always good to see some vets get some credible wins….I would love to see aleks come to the UFC against any of those guys Logic mentioned and would like to add Lavar Johnson to that list too.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Doesn’t Aleks have Hep B or something like that… just sayin.

  • Rece Rock says:

    and nazi tats?


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