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RT Channel To Show Emelianenko Fight At EFN 50 MMA Event In 360-Degree Video

Thursday, Jun 16, 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.  For the special occasion, which is part of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2016) activities, RT, the global television news network, is preparing a treat for all MMA fans – a 360-degree video of the event.  

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RT will film the EFN 50 tournament, organized by Eurasia Fight Nights, through specialized 360-degree camera equipment and will make it available to fans worldwide via its dedicated panoramic video mobile app – RT360.  The app is available on Google Play and from the AppStore for fans around the world.

"This will be an unprecedented experience for all the viewers who will tune in to watch Emelianenko take on Maldonado," said Kirill Karnovich-Valua, head of online projects at RT. "RT is one of the world's first media organizations to develop broadcast infrastructure to film and broadcast 360-degree video, which opens brand new horizons in news gathering and delivery. We already have a library of 360 video news stories and documentaries.  Now we are doing coverage of a major MMA event in the 360 format for millions of viewers."

Viewers will be able to see not only the MMA fights from various angles, but also the reaction of 9,000 spectators packed inside Sibur Area in Saint Petersburg. The event's headliner – Fedor Emelianenko - is a four-time MMA champion nicknamed "The Last Emperor."  The main promoter of the show is Kamil Gadzhiev, co-founder and CEO of Eurasia Fight Nights. EFN has partnered with Russia's Summa Group to produce the show.

"We are all looking forward to the event on Friday, which will feature some of Russia's greatest MMA stars – Fedor Emelianenko, Vitaly Minakov, Kirill Sidelnikov, Rasul Mirzaev and Sergei Pavlovich," said Gadzhiev. "We are happy to partner with Fedor, with Summa Group and its CEO Ziyavudin Magomedov, and we all share big plans for development of MMA in Russia."

RT has already produced VR 360 videos from a Russian national team football match, as well as the launch of the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur spaceport. Viewers can also tour RT studios during a newscast with the RT360 app.

For more information about EFN 50 and RT's 360 video broadcast, contact Anna Belkina (RT) at +7.499.75.000.75 or Max Smetannikov (MVG) at +1.212.330.8063 ext. 1001, Email

RT is a global TV news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic and Spanish from its studios in Moscow, Washington, D.C., and London.  RT has a weekly TV audience of 70 million people in 38 countries, and is the most watched TV news network on YouTube with more 3 billion views.


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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