The UFC continues to creep out into all the major countries in the world, with the latest destination added to the schedule being Russia. News of the show, which will take place in Moscow’s 35,000 person Olympiyskiy Stadium on the weekend of September 15th, was revealed by RT and comes at a very interesting time for the promotion and its roster of Russian and Russian Caucus fighters.
At the front of the pack is Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose position as one of the best lightweights in the world was re-solidified when he absolutely smashed Edson Barbosa at UFC 219 in December. Lightweight champ Conor McGregor has expressed interest in a Rocky style showdown with Khabib in Russia, and it’s hard to take this move as anything other than the UFC hoping things fall into place that set up that confrontation for this newly booked venue.
Of course, a lot of things can go wrong between now and then. McGregor seems in no rush to return to action after a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather that netted him over $100 million dollars. And then there’s interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson, who logic dictates should fight Conor first. If Tony and Khabib fight it out for the right to fight Conor, there’s a decent chance Ferguson would win. And then there’s ‘pull out merchant’ Khabib’s history of being injured and missing weight. The Dagestani fighter has only made it into the cage three times in the past three years.