RDIF congratulates Khabib Nurmagomedov on his victory and defence of the UFC championship title

Press release, 07.10.2018

Moscow, October 7, 2018 - The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the sovereign wealth fund of the Russian Federation, congratulates Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov on his victory and defence of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) lightweight championship title.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Co-CEO of the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF), noted:

"Khabib fought brilliantly, showing the best athletic qualities as well as the benefit of all his dedication, efficiency and hard work. The example shown by Khabib makes a significant contribution to the development of mixed martial arts in the world."

The Russian-Chinese investment fund has invested in UFC Russia for the development of the sport in Russia and the promotion of Russian athletes abroad. The UFC’s debut event in RussiaUFC FIGHT NIGHT® MOSCOW was successfully held at Olimpiysky Arena on September 15, 2018 and became the largest ever for the martial arts industry in Russia - 22,600 spectators attended and Russian fighters won in nine out of twelve fights.


Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Further information can be found at rdif.ru

Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) is a joint fund, established by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and China Investment Corporation (CIC). The activity of RCIF is aimed at development of bilateral economic, trade and investment relations between Russia and China. Further information can be found at www.rcif.com

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For additional information contact:

Arseniy Palagin                                      Andrew Hayes / Elena Garside
Russian Direct Investment Fund              Hudson Sandler
Press Secretary                                      Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133 
Tel: +7 495 644 34 14, ext. 2395
Mobile: +7 916 110 31 41
E-mail: arseniy.palagin@rdif.ru