Khabib Nurmagomedov has repeatedly reminded fans of how big the MMA market is in Russia, and it looks like the UFC hopes to hold an event in that nation very soon.
Although the UFC has yet to hold an event in Russia, folks that follow the game understand the nation is a MMA powerhouse. During the post-fight press conference following UFC 205, White reported the following (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“Ari (Emanuel) and I are going to Russia in the next couple of weeks,” White said. “We’re working on some real big moves here in the next few months.”
“I promise you this: when we roll into Russia, we’re going to make it big.”
When you consider how many great fighters have come from Russia, and how popular MMA is there, it certainly makes sense.