June 15, 2016
One of MMA’s greatest, Fedor Emelianenko, will take on Fabio Maldonado of Brazil in his first fight in Russia since 2012 on Friday, June 17. The tournament is organized by Eurasia Fight Nights, also known as Fight Nights Global, with support from Summa Group, and will feature legendary MMA heavyweight Emelianenko. The event will take place during the Annual Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2016) and will attract worldwide attention.
The venue for the fight is Sibur Area, which is expected to sell out all of its 9,000 seats. The fight will be broadcast around the globe via satellite and will feature an unprecedented 360-degree live video feed. Emelianenko is considered to be one of the greatest MMA athletes of all time and is a four-time MMA champion. His nickname is the “The Last Emperor,” and one MMA-devoted site recently called him the “Michael Jordan of MMA.”
The main promoter of the show is Kamil Gadzhiev, co-founder and CEO of Eurasia Fight Nights. Gadzhiev and his team have organized a number of high-profile MMA events in Russia and abroad since 2010. “We all are looking forward to the event on Friday, which will highlight two different styles of mixed martial arts. I am happy that Maldonado, who has 22 MMA wins, agreed to this fight. For EFN it is certainly an honor to have such a great fighter as Fedor,” said Gadzhiev.
Besides the headline event, EFN 50 will feature Vitaly Minakov, four-time world champion in sport sambo and Bellator champion in the heavyweight division; Kirill Sidelnikov, Honored Master of Sports Sambo, four-time champion of Russia, five-time European champion and five-time world champion in combat sambo; Rasul Mirzaev, MMA champion of Russia, world champion in combat sambo and World Cup winner in pankration; and Sergei Pavlovich, European and World champion in Universal Combat, and many other fighters. More information about EFN can be found at .
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ABOUT KAMIL GADZHIEV
Mr. Gadzhiev is the President of EFN - 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. Mr. Gadzhiev received a "Promoter of the Year" award from the Russian TV channel "Boyets" (Fighter). He was awarded honorary diplomas of Moscow Sambo Federation (for contribution to the development of Sambo), and by Federal Drug Control Service and the Interior Ministry of Russia. Mr. Gadzhiev graduated from the Saratov State University School of Law (2004) and RGUFK, Institute for Advanced Studies and Retraining (2012). He is married and has three children
ABOUT EURASIA FIGHT NIGHTS (EFN)
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. Most of Fight Nights tournaments are held in Moscow, however, a number of events were held in other cities of Russia and countries of the world. The company's first tournament was held in June in 2010, in Moscow. Since then more than 30 events were organized in Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Bryansk, Elista, Khabarovsk, Kostroma, Grozny, Riga (Latvia), Minsk ( Belarus) and Banská Bystrica (Slovakia).
Over the years, the company's tournaments featured Batu Hasikov, Vitaly Minakov, Rasul Mirzaev, Ali Bagautinov, Vladimir Mineev, Andrew Orlowski, Alexander Shlemenko, Shamil Zavurov, Murad Machala, Konstantin Erokhin, Hasan Umalatov and others. Among the foreign fighters in FIGHT NIGHTS tournaments were UFC’s Josh Copeland, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Andrew Orlowski, Ednaldo Oliveira, Adam Maciejewski, the Swiss "Samurai" Yasubey Enomoto, Niko Puhakka, as well as many other fighters. On June 6, 2016 the company celebrated its 6th anniversary. High-profile fights and great shows over the past five years became the trademark of tournaments organized by Fight Nights Global. At the end of 2014 the company introduced its new brand EURASIA FIGHT NIGHTS, specifically for the international market.
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