It should come as no surprise that UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt isn’t exactly pleased to hear that former opponent Brock Lesnar will be awarded a shot at the UFC heavyweight championship when he makes his return to the Octagon.
The UFC today confirmed its debut event in Russia will be held later this year at Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow on Saturday, September 15.
Tickets for UFC Fight Night Moscow will go on general sale Friday, June 1, via Kassir.ru.
The UFC has experienced a sharp rise in popularity in Russia over the past few years, with a fan base that has grown to more than 22 million, driven by the success local athletes have had in the UFC. In just the past few months alone, Khabib Nurmagomedov captured the lightweight championship; heavyweight Alexander Volkov defeated legend of the sport and former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum; and rising featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov extended his overall record to 15-1, including a three-fight win streak in the UFC.
“Russia is a key part of UFC’s international expansion strategy,” commented David Shaw, Senior Vice President, UFC International and Content. “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.
As part of UFC’s commitment to the market, Andre Gromkovski has been appointed as Vice President, UFC Russia. Gromkovski brings with him expertise across the media sales, digital, marketing and content distribution landscapes, working with companies such as Universal Studios, FOX, Viacom and Paramount Pictures. Based in Moscow, Gromkovski will be leading the regional strategic plan for UFC Russia, working alongside the UFC’s executive team in Las Vegas and the EMEA team based in London.
Further details on UFC Fight Night Moscow will be announced in the coming weeks.