UFC Confirms Plans To Stage Fight Night Event In Moscow

The UFC confirmed on Wednesday it would finally be coming to Russia in September.

After months of speculational, the organisation has finally confirmed that it will be making its long-awaited debut on Russian soil in Moscow later this year.

“Russia is a key part of UFC’s international expansion strategy,” said senior UFC official David Shaw.

“The demand from our fans to bring a live event to Russia has been overwhelming, and with the vast potential this market holds for us, we knew this was the perfect time to bring UFC Fight Night to Moscow” at the Olympic Arena on September 15.”

The UFC estimates a fan base in Russia of more than 22 million, partly due to the recent success of Russian fighters such as lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, heavyweight Alexander Volkov and rising featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov, who has extended his overall record to 15-1, including a three-fight win streak in UFC.

While Khabib would be the ultimate draw for the event and would increase home interest exponentially, it is probably more likely that if he does fight again in 2018, he will be saved for a bigger occasion in New York or Las Vegas.

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© Agence France-Presse (with additional edits from Simon O’Keeffe)

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