Yesterday, at M-1 Challenge 35, former UFC fighter Jeff Monson and former PRIDE fighter Alexander Emelianenko threw down. It was a solid fight, with both fighters finding themselves on top on the canvas for periods of time. That said, toward the end of the first stanza Monson, an outstanding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and submission grappler, began to dominate from a positional standpoint. And in the second round, eventually he was able to take the top position on his opponent once again, sinking in the North-South choke at 3:17 of round two.
Emelianenko, the younger brother of world-reknowned MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko, had been on a four fight winning streak coming into the bout. It represented Monson's third straight victory, and was a quality win against a high level Russian Sambo and judo practitioner.