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On November 20, the Last Emperor, Fedor Emelianenko, returns to action against Jeff Monson.  Fedor is arguably the greatest mixed martial artist in the history of the sport, but he's on a 3 fight losing streak and needs a win badly.  The fight, which takes place at the Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia ,will air on live on PPV at 7:30 AM ET.  The cost is $29.99.

Will Fedor find a way to regain the magic that made him an MMA legend?  Or did all his wars finally catch up with him?  Find out on November 20.

For those who never saw Fedor fight in his prime, here's a fantastic highlight reel.

Yesterday, before ProElite's Big Guns show in Moline, Illinois, I predicted that Andre Arlovski would get a highlight reel knockout over Travis Fulton.  And that's exactly what happened.  What I didn't expect is that it would take Andre 14 minutes and 59 seconds to do it.  But with only one second left in the fight, Arlovski crushed Fulton with a head kick that took the starch out of the Ironman and left his unconscious on the mat.  Not that Arlovski needed the KO to win, mind you.  He was handling Fulton just fine, but the kick was a nice coup de grace that will definitely get him some attention.

In the main event, Tim Sylvia traded bombs early with Andreas Kraniotakes before taking control of the fight and winning a unanimous decision.  Like fellow former UFC HW champion Arlovski, this makes it two in a row in the victory column for Sylvia.  Andre and Tim have fought 3 times, all in the UFC.  Perhaps we'll see a fourth fight, this time at ProElite.  Time will tell.

In the much anticipated heavyweight tournament, Jake Huen made a statement with his devastating head kick to the dome of Ed Carpenter, followed up by some nasty ground and pound.  Definitely looking forward to the semis.

ProElite put on a well run, professional show last night, with some good matchmaking.  They are definitely an organization to watch.

Complete results of last night's card after the jump.

Tonight in Moline, Illinois, ProElite puts on its second major MMA event of the year.  The organization looks to be doing some big things for MMA, and they are definitely building momemtum.  On the card tonight are two fomer UFC heavyweight champions, Tim "The Maineiac" Sylvia and Andre "The Pitbull" Arlovski. Sylvia takes on Andreas "Big Daddy" Kraniotakes, and Arlovski goes up against Travis Fulton, who is MMA's Ironman with over 300 pro fights under his belt.  And speaking of belts, Sylvia has just been promoted to a BJJ purple belt, so it will be interesting to see how he incorporates BJJ into his MMA game.

In addition, the card features round one of an 8-man heavyweight tournament, which is something I am really looking forward to.  This tournament alone makes tonight an exciting event. Topping the show with Arlovski and Sylvia is icing on the cake.  Well done ProElite!

Here is the official weigh in video for tonight's fights, which will be shown live on HDNet.

Andre Arlovski feels like he's starting over.  His career has had many ups and downs, but the former UFC champion believes that he is embarking on a whole new MMA career.  Tonight he fights Travis Fulton on the ProElite show, which will be televised by HDNet.

When Arlovski is on, he is electrifying.  He's got tremendous punching power and is one of the better MMA boxers you will find.  Tonight's fight against Fulton, a journeyman with over three hundred MMA fights--yes, you read that right--should provide Andre with an opportunity to showcase his power.  Look for a big KTFO of Fulton, and don't blink.  Not that Fulton is a cakewalk, mind you.  His record is 247-48-10, so he knows how to win and has tons of experience in the cage.  Still, I think Arlovski will totally outclass him tonight and earn a highlight reel KO.

Here's the video interview where Arlovski talks about taking a baby step tonight at ProElite.

(Press release)

German-born heavyweight Andreas “Big Daddy” Kraniotakes has agreed to step in for what he calls the biggest fight of his career when he takes on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in ProElite’s Nov. 5 main event in Moline, Ill.

Brazilian striker, and UFC veteran, Pedro Rizzo – Sylvia’s original opponent -- had to withdraw after tearing his left triceps muscle during training.

Rizzo tweeted today: “I would like to apologize to ... ProElite and especially to Tim Sylvia because I can't be in the ring … to face him.”

In Kranitotakes, Sylvia faces a 6-foot-3, 255-pound striker who is 12-4 with 9 victories by KO or TKO. All of Kraniotakes fights have taken place outside of the United States.

Fedor has a fight with Jeff Monson coming up on November 20 and he's going to be training with his brother Aleksander in preparation for the bout.  Fedor and Aleks will be training in Holland, and Aleks is going to work with Fedor on grappling mostly, but also some striking.  This video interview was translated by Brace from the Team Takeover forum.  The video is below, as well as a couple of choice Fedor quotes.  For the complete translation, check out Team Takeover.

Reporter: Hello Fedor, we are greeting you before your fight with Jeff Monson on November 20. Tell us how you are feeling and about the preparations.

Fedor: Thank you. Everything is fine and I'm feeling good, thank God. The preparations are going according to plans. Until today (around second week of October) we were training here at home, in Russia, but in the upcoming time I am going to Holland and will train there with my brother Aleksander.

R: Today you will meet with Jeff Monson. Have you watched any of his fights? What do you think about this opponent and what can you say about him?
F: Of course I watched his fights. He is one of the strongest fighters. He's fought in the UFC, and in Pride, and in other promotions. He has beaten name fighters. What can I say? He has great physical strength, he is explosive and has great stamina. Very good wrestler and of course a lot of experience.

Bellator Fighting Championships put on another fine show last in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The card was stacked with many local fighters and we saw some great action throughout. In the tournament Middleweight semi-finals, Alexander Shlemenko and Vitor Vianna both advanced and will fight each other in the Finals on November 19th.

Current Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky looked great as he submitted tough Ryan Roberts with a north-south choke in a non-title feature fight.  And Jacob Kirwan handed previously undefeated Nazare his first loss.

All and all this was a very satisfying show, and shows that Bellator is committed to putting on great fights.  Here are the complete and official results of last nights card:

(Press release)

M-1 GLOBAL announces the addition of relentless striker Tom Gallicchio (16-6) versus submission protégé Daniel ‘Blackout’ Madrid (6-2) at the mixed martial arts (MMA) event titled M-1 Challenge: Guram vs. Garner 2. The bouts from the new 5,500 seat Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona will air LIVE on SHOWTIME on Friday, October 14 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast).

The October 14th event is headlined with the five-round, heavyweight (265 Lbs.) championship bout between undefeated and reigning M-1 Global champion Guram Gugenishvili (11-0) and the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas Tournament heavyweight winner Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (7-3).

In co-main event action, M-1 Global Light Heavyweight (205 Lbs.) Champion and ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion Vinny Magalhaes (8-5) will make his first title defense against versatile Russian fighter Mikhail Zayats (14-5).

A great card for MMA fans tonight as Bellator 48 takes place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.  This card is stacked and it’s going to be broadcast live on MTV 2.  Headlining the event is Pat Curran vs. Marlon Sandro in the featherweight tournament final.    That’s a sick fight and it should be a total war.

Also on the card are some old familiar MMA names.  Paul “Headhunter” Buentello takes on Cole Konrad, and Seth Petruzelli will be fighting Ricco Rodriguez.    These are some great match ups, and tonight should be a very fun night of MMA action.

Check out Bellator’s website for more info.  Are you ready?  Let’s get it on!

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