Sports UFC to hold debut event in Russia on Sept. 15

16:57  16 may  2018
16:57  16 may  2018 Source:   thescore.com

FIFA fines Russia after fans racially abused France players

  FIFA fines Russia after fans racially abused France players FIFA fines Russia after fans racially abused France players during a game in St. Petersburg.Monkey chants were aimed at black players, including Paul Pogba, during France's 3-1 win over Russia in a friendly in March at a marquee stadium which will host seven World Cup games.FIFA said its disciplinary panel noted "the gravity of the incident but also the limited number of fans involved."Anti-racism group Kick It Out said FIFA's "lack of effective action ... will likely result in the further abuse of black players in matches involving [Russia].

London, UK – UFC ® today confirmed its debut event in Russia to be held later this year at Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow on Saturday, September 15 . Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MOSCOW go on general sale Friday, June 1, via Kassir.ru.

After months of speculation the UFC has confirmed it will hold its first-ever Russian event at Moscow’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium in September , announcing that Russia is a "key part of UFC ’s international expansion strategy." It's official!! #UFCMoscow is on for Sat 15 Sept .

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The UFC will make its maiden voyage to Russia later this year.

The promotion announced Wednesday that UFC Fight Night Moscow will be held at Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow on Sept. 15.

"The demand from our fans to bring a live event to Russia has been overwhelming, and with the vast potential this market holds for us, we knew this was the perfect time to bring UFC Fight Night to Moscow," said David Shaw, UFC's senior vice president of international and content.

Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov headlines a growing contingent of Russian fighters in the promotion, followed by heavyweight Alexander Volkov and rising featherweight star Zabit Magomedsharipov.

Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta to capture the lightweight belt in April and previously said he'd like to make his first title defense in November or December.

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FIFA finds 'insufficient evidence' of doping by Russia's World Cup squad .
Members of Russia's upcoming World Cup side have been cleared by FIFA after the governing body said it found "insufficient evidence" of doping within the host nation's provisional squad for the summer tournament. "FIFA can today confirm that the investigations concerning all Russian players named for the provisional squad of the FIFA World Cup in Russia have been completed, with the result that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation," football's global federation said in a statement.

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