Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The long-rumored UFC debut in Russia is now a reality, with the league announcing UFC Fight Night Moscow on Saturday, September 15 at Olympic Arena in Moscow.

The Olimpiski indoor arena was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics and is divided into two separated halls. Capacity can vary from 10,000 to 16,000, depending on configuration. Prior events include Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Madonna, and the Davis Cup finals.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1, via

The UFC reports their fanbase in Russia has grown to 22 million, and attributes that to the notable success of several fighters. Khabib Nurmagomedov has replaced Conor McGregor as lightweight champion. Heavyweight Alexander Volkov recently beat former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. And Zabit Magomedsharipov is on a three-fight win streak in the UFC, with a wildly exciting style.

The card will be announced in the coming weeks, and is unlikely to have a Nurmagomedov title defense, as it’s a fight night event. Injury willing, Volkov and Magomedsharipov should appear.

“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.”

The UFC has hired the Moscow-based Andre Gromkovski as Vice President UFC Russia. Gromkovski has established expertise in media sales, digital, marketing, and content distribution, working with a number of international companies including Universal Studios, FOX, Viacom, and Paramount Pictures.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1, via