Via Channel 1:  

“Negotiations are continuing with the UFC. I really want to fight in Russia,” the 30-year-old said.  

“In St. Petersburg there’s a closed arena [Gazprom Arena].

“In Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium is open… I was there at the [football] World Cup final when it rained, if that kind of rain happened it would ruin an [MMA] event.

“In St. Petersburg the stadium seats 75,000 people, I could fight there. In a small arena it wouldn’t work.

“I really want to fight here, talks are continuing, I’m about 80 percent sure my next fight will be in Russia,” he added. 

When asked whether he could influence UFC chief Dana White about where he next takes to the octagon, Nurmagomedov said he could merely offer advice while pointing to his huge popularity in his homeland.   

“I don’t want to put pressure on [Dana White]. I can only give him advice.

“He sees the ratings himself, on Channel 1 [in Russia], from UFC 242, not only in Russia but around the world. I want to fight in front of the fans here.”   

Let’s hope that fight is against Conor McGregor.  

That would be something to watch.  

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