M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein commented the recent changes in the live broadcasts of the MMA shows in Russia after the UFC and M-1 Global changed the rules of the game.
«It was an expected step, I said it last year. Since the beginning of this year our shows are available only by paid subscription and on M-1 Global TV channel.
Paid broadcasts are a part of the tendency of the MMA market and fans have to get used to the fact that it is fine to pay for the show, it is a common thing for all the best promotions in the world. It is important to understand that own platform takes some solid investments, including money, time and work. All of this will help bring MMA to a new level. MMA is a beautiful and spectacular sport, which takes a lot of effort from sportsmen, their teams and of course promotions.
I’m sure that this economical model is going to be accepted by all Russian promotions soon».