It would appear that the UFC isn’t the only major MMA organization heading to the country of Russia, because Bellator MMA may be on the way as well.
Fedor Emelianenko recently made waves by saying that the Viacom owned promotion may be coming to his home country.
"We're talking about (holding a Bellator tournament in Russia),” Fedor told Russian Chicago Mag. “There is a high probability that Bellator will arrive in Russia."
The UFC has been wanting to come to the country for awhile now, even UFC President Dana White has made plans to head to the country to discuss the possibility of holding an event there.
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker has also spoken before about coming to Russia.
"Absolutely, we plan on bringing Bellator to Russia,” Coker told Bloody Elbow. “Not only do we now have Fedor on the roster, we have Alexander Shlemenko, Andrey Koreshkov and we just signed two of Fedor’s top athletes. It’s something we would love to do, but we don’t have a target date quite yet.”
This June will see the Bellator MMA debut of Fedor Emelianenko, as he takes on Matt Mitrione in the co-main event of Bellator 180 at Madison Square Garden.