The UFC will be heading to Kazakhstan this summer.
MMA Fighting reports the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts promotion is heading to Kazakhstan on June 13. No city or venue has been confirmed for the event. However, the leading candidate is Nur-Sultan, which hosts a 30,000-seat venue, Astana Arena. Last August, the UFC actually signed their first fighter of Kazakhstan descent, Shavkat Rakhmonov.
Rakhmonov will be making his UFC debut at UFC London on March 21. MMA is certainly in high demand out of Kazakhstan, as Titan FC held an event in the country back in December of 2018. The show went down from the Almaty Arena in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and drew a crowd of 11,000, as well as 1,000 fans at weigh-ins.
The UFC recently signed another Kazakhstani star, as Contender Series alum and Invicta FC veteran Mariya Agapova has signed with the promotion. She shared the news on her Instagram page. “Dreams come true,” she wrote on Instagram, thanking Invicta FC and its president Shannon Knapp. “Thanks to my teammates. You have no idea how much you mean to me! A year ago, I looked at you from the TV screen. And I promised myself that I would become as strong as you. And now we are a team. And you helped me all the time on my hard way. And now I am a UFC fighter like you.”
No fights have been announced for the event, given the promotion has not yet made the card official.