Originally Posted by Pasha K
Oh that is good.
Martial Arts have always been popular in Russia, and MMA is becoming more and more popular now. And despite all the hate towards M-1, they have helped making MMA more popular in Russia.
But UFC needs to hire more Russian fighters then. They have Nurmagomedov, there is another one in the featherweigh division I think, Dennis Siver is russian.
It would be great if they hire Aleks Emelianenko and Kharitonov.
As for Fedor, he is retired, no please for God's sake, no more talking of him in UFC
Aleks and Sergei would be great additions to the UFC HW roster. Unfortunately, Aleks has either visa problems or health concerns preventing him from fighting stateside and Sergei is too into K-1 these days. Perhaps the chance to fight in front of their fellow countrymen might inspire them to sign one fight deal with UFC. Matchups against Mitrione, Browne, Rothwell, Nelson, Gonzaga, Schaub would be great, winnable fights for those guys.
I really like that Khabib guy who fought Tibau. He's got lots of potential and if he rounds out his striking, he can make waves in the LW division.
Mousasi would be a great addition to the card as well, seeing how he had trained with Fedor and his Russian team. A return for AA against the guys I mentioned would be great fight as well.