“I would say this year,” White said of the possibility the UFC hosts a fight card in Russia.
When asked if a season of the Ultimate Fighter would take place prior to an event happening in Russia, White explained that reverse may happen instead. “I think what we’ll do first, I think what’s going to happen in Russia is we’ll put on a live event there first. We’ll do a live event in Russia, and then just like every other market we’ve done, you do the live event and it explodes. Mixed Martial Arts is big over there, Sambo is big over there. And then we’ll see where the market goes from there.”
When asked if there would be any chance that now retired heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko would fight on that card, White said that he was so close to almost having Fedor versus WWE superstar and retired UFC fighter Brock Lesnar square off in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium.
Everything was in motion for Brock Lesnar to come back to the UFC to fight the only man he’d come back to face, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko. However the fight was scratched when Fedor’s father died. Once his father passed away Fedor insisted that he’d stay retired to spend time with his family. When Brock heard the news that Fedor wasn’t in, he also bowed out.