© AFP 2019 / Ethan MillerUFC Fighter Alexander Volkov
The ninth of November, the ultimate fighting championship (UFC) will hold in Moscow, a new tournament series Fight Night. RIA Novosti says that at the moment we know about this event and who the fighters will try to make it the most interesting held in Russia.
UFC 163 Fight Night will be the third tournament of the promotion on the territory of Russia. In September 2018 the best League of the mixed single combats in the world historically made its debut on Russian soil — in the Moscow sports complex “Olympic”. In April of this year the UFC has already won the Northern capital — Saint-Petersburg (sports complex “Jubilee”).
After the St. Petersburg tournament, there was talk of the arrival of the promotion in Sochi, which is one of the main sports locations in Russia. However, further speculation is not gone, and while UFC will not open a new Russian city in its geography.
But another tournament in Moscow is a good opportunity for promotion to probe additional capital for interest in mixed martial arts and high standards of the organization. Especially in light of recent statements of Habib Nurmagomedov and members of his team about the desire of the main Russian MMA star to fight in Moscow or Saint Petersburg.
Arena and tickets
Of course, if all srastetsya, for the performance of the champion of the lightweight division needs to provide “Luzhniki” or “Gazprom Arena”, and while the UFC complain about the “CSKA Arena”. According to several sources, the conduct of the November tournament, also claimed “VTB arena”, but in the end she lost neighbours on the green branch of the Moscow metro.
Initially, the price of the tickets ranged from two thousand to 32 thousand rubles. Now, according to the website of the official ticket operator of the tournament, a pass into the stands will cost at least four thousand. Also provided the VIP-packages of different levels at a cost of several tens of thousands of rubles.
© Photo : Official website of the sports and entertainment district “Park of Legends”“CSKA arena” during the tournament on the mixed single combats of Global Fight League Nights
During carrying out of competitions on the mixed single combats “CSKA arena” is designed for 14 thousand spectators. At the same official service a month before the tournament about four thousand tickets, but there is little doubt that in the end the stands will be full. However, to repeat the record “Olympic” (22 683 viewer) will not work physically.
The heroes of the night
Of course, the face of each of the tournament participants. In this respect, the UFC had intended to take a step forward compared to previous events in Moscow and St. Petersburg that, at first glance, was a success.
Both of the previous tournament in Russia led by Alexey Oleinik. In Moscow, the Russian heavyweight strangled Mark hunt, and in St. Petersburg were knocked out by Alistair Overeem. After the announcement of the new tournament in Russia was no time to deal with jokes among fans and journalists that led the card again is to wait for Oleynik. Veteran mixed martial arts really sent the contract as a minimum to participate in the event, but by November, 42-year-old Russian did not have time to recover from injury.
The main event of the new Moscow tournament will still be a battle of heavyweights. In the octagon will appear on the Brazilian Junior DOS Santos (4th room division) and Russian Alexander Volkov (6th). 30-year-old Muscovite had with Overeem to lead the tournament in St. Petersburg, but then withdrew due to health problems.
At least as much excitement will cause soglasno event of the evening. Battle at Featherweight between Clogged by Magomedkerimov (5th) and Calvin Kattar (11th) was announced in the October tournament in Boston, but the Russians had suffered an inflammation due to an infection and received treatment. In part, this has played into the hands of domestic fans 28-year-old Dagestani, because his fight was moved to Moscow.
In case of victory at home and Magomedkerimov, and wolves closer to a title fight. The opponents of the Russian heavyweight is still and the athlete with the higher position in the top, so it is a serious ratings challenge for Volkov.
Without taking into account the possible force majeure the rest of the card tournament from 9 November can be considered as formed, in each fight of the evening will be the Russian fighter. So, in the octagon will appear light heavyweights hajimurad of Antigua, Shamil Gamzatov and Magomed Akalaev, Middleweight Roman Kopylov, lightweight Ramazan Emeev, Alexander Yakovlev and Grigory Popov, Welterweight Selim Imadaev.
Also expected to fight in the Welterweight division with participation of the debutant of UFC Abubakar Nurmagomedov, a cousin of Habib Nurmagomedov. There is little doubt that the champion of the lightweight division will appear on “CSKA Arena” November 9, among the honored guests.