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Fedor Emelianenko returns with win, visit from Vladimir Putin


Fedor Emelianenko stopped his losing streak with a decision win over Jeff Monson at M-1 in Moscow over the weekend. This was his first win since losing to Fabricio Werdum last summer, then dropping bouts to Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson. Then, he was treated to a post-fight speech by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

My Russian is fuzzy, but that roughly translates to, "WOOOOO FEDOR!" Actually, according to the Washington Post, Putin called Emelianenko a real Russian knight with character and good muscles.

The crazy part of this is that Putin attended the fights, continuing his streak of being cooler than everyone. He has his own cheerleaders, goes horseback riding, races cars, has wrestled a bear, and then shows up at M-1 bouts and makes a speech. All in a day's work for Vladdy.

This was a much-needed win for Emelianenko, who spoke of retirement after losing to Werdum. He used kickboxing skills to batter Monson for three rounds, and dropped him three times. As seen in the video, a bloodied Monson had to be helped from the ring.

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