The UFC’s long-rumored Russian debut will take place at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium.
UFC brass today announced that UFC Fight Night Moscow is official for Sept. 15, marking the promotion’s first card in the market.
“Russia is a key part of UFC’s international expansion strategy,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content David Shaw stated. “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.”
Tickets for the event go on sale June 1 via Kassir.ru. Broadcast plans for the card were not revealed
Additionally, UFC officials announced the hiring of Andre Gromkovski as Vice President, UFC Russia. Based in Moscow, Gromkovski will be tasked with “leading the regional strategic plan for UFC Russia,” according to the announcement.
According to UFC officials, the fanbase in Russia has “grown to more than 22 million,” buoyed by the success of numerous athletes from the nation, including current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. “The Eagle” is not likely to defend his title on the card with it being a Fight Night event, but Nurmagomedov is sure to be in attendance.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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