ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – 20 June, 2016 – One of MMA’s all-time favorites, Fedor Emelianenko, has defeated Brazilian heavyweight Fabio Maldonado by a close decision (28:28, 29:28, 29:28) in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The highly anticipated three-round fight was streamed live on UFC Fight Pass and headlined the anniversary MMA tournament – EFN 50, which was organized by Eurasia Fight Nights and promoter Kamil Gadzhiev. EFN 50 attracted more than 9,000 spectators in Sibur Arena and millions of TV viewers worldwide.
The fight also featured an unprecedented 360-degree video feed provided by RT Channel. Emelianenko, known as “The Last Emperor,” fought for the first time at home since 2012, when he took a 3-year break from MMA. He is a four-time MMA champion and has been called “The Michael Jordan of MMA”.
“We are delighted to have put on a great show for MMA fans around the world. The fight showed two different styles of mixed martial arts, two schools,” said Eurasia Fight Nights co-founder and CEO Kamil Gadzhiev. “Maldonado showed great sportsmanship, and proved he is a tough opponent for any fighter. But Emelianenko is a true legend, and we were happy to have him at Fight Nights. For EFN, it is certainly an honor to have such a great fighter as Fedor.”
Gadzhiev noted that cooperation with the MMA Union of Russia was key to hosting the successful tournament in Saint Petersburg. The event became part of the annual Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2016), which attracted business leaders from around the globe. Gadzhiev also said that EFN is negotiating a tournament in the United States and hopes to promote MMA by organizing many more events and raising new fighters in Russia.
More information about EFN can be found at www.fightnights.ru
EFN contact (for Kamil Gadzhiev)
Max Smetannikov (MVG)
+1.212.330.8063 ext. 1001
ABOUT KAMIL GADZHIEV & EURASIA FIGHT NIGHTS (EFN)
Mr. Gadzhiev is the President of EFN, formerly Fight Nights Global, promotion company, Vice-President of the Moscow Federation of MMA, Winner of the World Cup of Jiu-Jitsu 2003, Champion of Moscow in combat sambo 2006, Master of sports of international class in Jiu-Jitsu, Master of Sports in Sambo, coach of the highest category in sambo.
Eurasia Fight Nights (better known as Fight Nights Global) – is the Russian organization conducting fights in MMA – Mixed Martial Arts. It is one of the largest promotional Eurasian companies, which holds tournaments with the participation of world stars and is engaged in the management of fighters from the largest US companies – the UFC and Bellator.
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Company Name: EFN
Contact Person: Max Smetannikov (MVG)
Phone: +1.212.330.8063 ext. 1001
Country: Russian Federation