The UFC announced a deal with VGTRF to provide fighting into Russia, starting with this Saturday’s UFC on FOX 14 card.
In a release, the promotion announced that 20 Russian fighters are currently signed to deals, including top contender Khabib Nuromagomedov, Rustam Khabilov and former UFC title contender Ali Bagautinov.
“Russia is firmly on our target list as a focal point of MMA within Europe with a fantastic fan base and great UFC fighters,” stated David Allen, senior vice president and general manager of UFC EMEA. “VGTRK have an impressive background in sport across all of their outlets, and their experience and knowledge is evident. We are thrilled to partner with them and look forward to satisfying demand for the UFC and propelling the sport within Russia together.”
All 2015 UFC events will be available on Russia 2, Sport 1, Fight Club and Sportbox.ru with The All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.