There is a lot going on actually besides hockey with Russian sports. - World Cup futbol obviously (low expectations there, unfortunately). - Khabib Nurmagomedov has become the first ever Russian UFC champion (something tells me he isn’t the last) in Lightweight division. He has also broke a record for the most consecutive rounds won in UFC. There are other Russian MMA fighters making noise as well. - Boxing program is really booming right now as well. - CSKA is in the hunt for Basketball gold, arguably the best team outside the NBA. - Russia has surpassed Portugal for #6 spot in UEFA rankings and will get a 6th team in European competition. Unfortunately it will probably be a low-budget team, as Rubin and Rostov are rebuilding while Dynamo is in financial purgatory.