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Next stop on UFC’s mission to control the world: Russia

The UFC will make its debut in China later this year, as November card set for Fuel TV has been announced for Macau. With stops in Brazil, England and Canada also planned for the remainder of the calendar year, the UFC has now set its sights on another country in its quest to have a truly global sporting endeavor.

Though nothing has been made official in terms of a time frame for the promotion to bring an event to Russia, UFC President Dana White has at least made it clear the country is on his radar.

“I don’t know how well I’d do in Russia,” joked White during the recent post-fight press conference for UFC 148. “But yeah – we’re actually taking an event to Russia very soon. Very soon. Sooner than you’d think.”

White’s comment about his popularity, or lack thereof, in Russia was in reference to his somewhat-softened public stance concerning recently retired Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko. “The Last Emperor” is considered to be one of the greatest fighters in history, though never fought in the UFC.

“I think every time we go into a new country and put on a huge, great event, it starts to spark in the country,” White concluded on his desire to test new waters. “People start training, gyms start opening, and more and more fighters start to come out of those countries.”

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10 COMMENTS
  • Angry Mike says:

    Forget about the past history with Fedor and his management. The big worry is being robbed blind by the mobsters who run the country.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Wonder if Dana meant because the fans would hate him, or because he’d drink like a fish.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Could be both.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    If the stars aligned, they’d do a TUF Asia / Russia, bring Fedor in for a one-off superfight and to coach.

    Will never happen, EEEEEEEVER, but I can dream right?

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    If they have Fedor fight Dana in Russia it would be the highest grossing ppv in History.

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  • Creature says:

    Bring back Couture and do a retired legends superfight with Fedor!! Now that would be something worth watching even with it being completely ridiculous sounding ;)

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  • qat says:

    Fedor vs. Lesnar or Fedor vs. Reem in Moscow. $$$

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Yeah the UFC should just stick to Las Vegas Nevada where there are no mobsters Angry Mike.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    There’s 3 match ups that never happended that are already ingrained in mma fans minds and would do great ppv and live gate #’s and are possibly winnable fights for Fedor… ( I don’t think Fedor should be fighting any body like Reem, JDS or Cain)
    …So in no particular order:

    1. Fedor v. Brock ( both retired)
    2. Fedor v. Coutore ( both retired)
    3. Fedor v. Barnett ( Zuffa would never welcome that liability)

    The Brock & Coutore fights would sell better and be more marketable but the Funny thing is I think the biggest challenge would be Barnett… and that’s coming from a complete Brock and Coutore mark.

    Ok so I’m going to stop thinking about this now because it will never happen…. maybe there is a chance Fedor may take a paycheck to sit ring side and make a cameo… nah.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    “Yeah the UFC should just stick to Las Vegas Nevada where there are no mobsters Angry Mike.”

    None of that anti-American outsourcing for me, thank you. Our racketeering should be “Made in America.” Let’s keep those jobs here where they belong.

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