Further details on UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MOSCOW will be announced in coming weeks. On Wednesday morning, the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed a long-rumored event will be taking place in the Russian capital.
UFC officials announced that a card will take place on September 15 at Olimpiyskiy Arena.
"Russia is a key part of UFC's worldwide expansion strategy", David Shaw, senior vice president, UFC global and content, said in a statement confirming the event.
Additionally, UFC officials announced the hiring of Andre Gromkovski as Vice President, UFC Russia.
The card will be a UFC Fight Night event rather than a pay-per-view as the promotion explores expansion into Russian Federation for the first time.
While no fights have been announced yet, there's no shortage of Russian fighters who will undoubtedly be clamoring to get a spot on this historic first event. Traditionally the UFC tends to hold back its bigger stars to compete on pay-per-view, a move which likely means that lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will not compete.
The 35,0000-capacity Olimpiyskiy Stadium (Olympic Stadium) will host the event, with tickets going on sale to the general public on June 1.
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