UFC will finally have a long-time awaited debut in Russia! Olympic Stadium of Moscow will be the long-awaited host of the local talent show on September 15, 2018. In the era of world-class Russian fighters, led by Khabib Nurmagomedov and Alexander Volkov, Russia has definitively deserved such a great honor! Ticket sale for UFC Moscow will start on June 1st.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, unfortunately, isn’t on the list for the main event of the evening. The biggest pay-per-view UFC spectacle in Russia looks so empty without the current Lightweight champion of the world… but he will probably defend his title in Madison Square Garden or somewhere else in the USA. (via MMAMania.com)
“Russia is a key part of UFC’s international expansion strategy,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content David Shaw said in today’s release. “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.”
Broadcast plans for UFC Moscow are unknown yet. Typically, international fight cards are streamed on UFC Fight Pass, while some select shows airing on FOX Sports 1. We don’t know who will be fighting yet, and the decision might heavily depend on the names.