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First UFC Event In Russia Scheduled For September At Moscow's Olympic Stadium

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 15 / 18

The first-ever UFC show in Russia will reportedly happen as early as September, as the event has "already been scheduled in one of the biggest arenas in Moscow," according to Denis Geyko of RT. Staff at Moscow's Olympiyskiy Stadium, which has a capacity of up to 35,000 spectators, confirmed tha...

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Russia Says It's Committed To Fair Sport

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Russian Athletes Hoping Ban Is Lifted

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FIFA Unveils World Cup Ticket Prices

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CAS To Rule On Russian Athletes

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Stepanova Eligible To Compete

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