The UFC’s return to Boston is in a trouble as legal issues could cancel UFC on FOX Sports 1 1. The issue stems from the promotion’s request for an exception requiring foreign fighters to receive Social Security number prior to their fight. The Boston Herald first reported the news.
“This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Terrell Harris, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, which regulates prize fighting.
“It’s been brought to the attention of the UFC more than a few times since we legalized the fighting here. But they’ve chosen basically to ignore the law and hope that they could skirt it somehow,” Harris said.
Foreign fighters are able to obtain a temporary number through the Social Security Administration by acquiring a work visa.
The UFC had apparently asked for a one-time exception to the law, however the state was unwilling to grant the exemption to a law that had been on the books since the sport was legalized in Massachusetts. State House Speaker Robert F. DeLeo asked UFC officials to go to lawmakers for help resolving the situation.
The UFC has yet to comment on the matter.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 is currently set to take place August 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Light heavyweights Chael Sonnen and Maurício “Shogun” Rua are currently set to face off in the main event. The card will also feature a bout between former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne.