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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.”