UFC President Dana White is still basking in the glow of the record breaking weekend the UFC had in New York City, and next in his crosshairs is Russia.
“Our big focus after New York is going to be Russia and China,” White told CBS Sports last week. (h/t BloodyElbow.com) “This thing is massive in Russia right now."
Russia is a veritable breeding ground for MMA talent (hello, Fedor Emelianenko, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Rashid Magomedov). Unfortunately the sometimes corrupt politics of the county have forced most major MMA promotions to avoid putting on shows there. But with the sale of the UFC and new owners like Ari Emanuel coming in, it looks like the UFC wants to try it's hand for the first UFC fight card in Russia, and it could be soon.
“Ari and I are going to Russia in the next couple of weeks,” White said at the UFC 205 post-fight press conference. “We’re working on some real big moves here in the next few months. I promise you this; when we roll into Russia, we’re going to make it big.”