The UFC Hopes to Host a Tournament with Spectators in Russia in 2021
OREANDA-NEWS. Andrey Gromkovsky, vice-president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for Russia and the CIS, said that the UFC in 2021 may host a tournament with spectators in Russia.
The TASS agency quotes Gromovsky: “In the context of the fact that the first tournament with a full house was held in the United States, we hope that after some time we will be able to obtain permission to receive a similar tournament in Russia. But so far we have no clear plans and dates. Hopefully it will work out this year. "
It is recalled that earlier Russia hosted UFC tournaments three times. In September 2018, the tournament was held at the Olimpiyskiy sports complex in Moscow, in the main battle of the evening, Alexey Oleinik defeated New Zealander Mark Hunt by submission in the first round.
In April 2019, Dana White's promotion arrived in St. Petersburg, where the Petersburg resident Alexander Volkov was supposed to meet with Alistair Overeem, but the Russian withdrew from the tournament due to health problems, he was replaced by Oleinik, who lost to the Dutchman by knockout in the first round.
Eight months later, the capital "CSKA Arena" hosted UFC Fight Night 163, in the main battle of which Russian Zabit Magomedscharipov defeated American Calvin Kattar by unanimous decision.