by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The race is still going as to who will fill in for Josh Barnett on Aug. 1 to face the top heavyweight fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, and another name has been thrown in the hat as American Top Team fighter Jeff Monson has once again issued a challenge to fight the Russian champion.

Monson, who has vied for a shot at Fedor on several occasions, commented on the situation to MMAWeekly.com late on Wednesday evening.

“I’m the guy to beat Fedor. He’s a great fighter. I’d definitely love to see me fight Fedor. It’s a perfect match-up. He’s the guy I’m destined to fight,” Monson said. “I want to be the guy to beat him. I’d definitely love to be carried off afterward, after I submit him. My goal is to be the best in the world, even if it’s for one fight.”

There have been rumors for years that a Monson/Fedor match-up would be made, but the bout has never come to fruition.

The leading candidate to take on the fight with Fedor Emelianenko right now still appears to be former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, who was scheduled to fight at 185 pounds on the Affliction card against Jorge Santiago.

Still Monson and his team have made contact with Affliction to see about getting their fighter the shot.

Jessy Evans, Monson’s agent, says that it’s a fight that her fighter has been destined to fight for years, and the calls to Tom Atencio and Affliction have already been made.

No official announcement about the replacement has been made by Affliction as of yet. Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information on this story as it becomes available.