Dana White expects first UFC card in Russia this year

Dana White expects first UFC card in Russia this year

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The UFC is seemingly picking up a ton of lost momentum as the last several cards have all delivered solid nights of action for the fans. Speaking last Saturday after UFC on Fox ended successfully, Dana White detailed some new plans for the expansion of his promotion, courtesy of MMA Junkie:

“I would say this year (we’ll go to Russia).”

“I think what’s going to go on in Russia is we’ll put on a live event there first (before an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season). We’ll do a live event in Russia, and just like every other event we’ve done, you do the live event and it explodes.”

With The Ultimate Fighter expanding to Brazil and then the Gold Coast (featuring Britain vs. Australia), the UFC is truly becoming a sport with worldwide appeal. A card set in Russia is no doubt one of the next logical steps for the rapidly expanding company.

This statement by White comes on the heels of his recent revealing that he nearly got Brock Lesnar to face off against the legendary Russian Fedor Emelianenko at Cowboys Stadium last year. While that bout fell through, MMA is popular in Russia and could blow up quickly with the right reception for the UFC. White continued:

“Mixed martial arts is already big over there. Sambo is big over there. (We’ll do a live event) and then we’ll see where the market goes from there.”

Some good news for UFC fans outside of the U.S. and Brazil. Just how global of a phenomenon will the UFC continue to become?

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    Russia has some great fighters. Stoked! for more talent in the UFC

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/PukeVomit PukeVomit
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/KeithFarrell KeithFarrell

    How much would you bet Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rustam Khabilov are on that card??

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

      @keith….I can't wait to see some of those supplexes again by Rustam…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    Anyone for a shot of Vodka ?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Cookie77 Cookie77

    Fedor will make a surprice apperance.. We can only hope…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ShenronRage ShenronRage

    I wonder if Putin will show up, he likes mma, kind of crazy that a world leader spectates mma.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      As long as Obama is NOT there 8))

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    Obama ya hes too busy being and EXCELLENT president, what with the health care for everybody and whatnot.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      I wont start with him violating the constitution he just swore to uphold. The first thing a dictator does is disarm the country….good luck with that!
      Russia said if he invades another sovrein nation nuclear attack might be on the way. You'll come around sooner or later comrad!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    btw entity i weaked you lol

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      Its your opinion, so that's ok.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    ok that was funny

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    probably not comrade I'm too far gone I'm Canadian lol

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      lol…sneaky one ehh?