UFC reserves two dates at Olympic Stadium in Moscow
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is expected to make its debut in Russia mid September this year. According to RT Sport the staff at Olympiyskiy Stadium [Olympic Stadium] in Moscow confirmed that two dates, September 14 and September 15, have been booked for the first-ever UFC promotion. The venue can fit in up to 22.000 spectators at a sporting event (35.000 in total).
The promotion has not yet announced the news. Nevertheless back in November 2016 at UFC 205 post-fight press conference Dana White revealed the plans to stage an event in the largest country in the world. In addition, last June Conor McGregor reportedly asked for a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia.
Russian star Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov appears as the most possible main event fighter for the event, filling up the stadium. Undefeated in 25 bouts he is ranked No.2 in the lightweight class, coming off a unanimous decision victory against Brazilian Edson Barboza at UFC 219 last December. The list of potential opponents in his next fight includes the reigning lightweight champion “The Notorious” McGregor, the interim champion Tony Ferguson, and the ex-titleholder Eddie Alvarez.
McGregor hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since he defeated Alvarez at UFC 205. He however went up against Floyd Mayweather inside the square circle. Ferguson won the interim belt against Kevin Lee last October. He is ranked No.1 in the division.
The official UFC announcement is expected in the coming days.