The UFC’s return trip to Boston for UFC On FOX Sports 1: 1 Shogun Vs Sonnen may have hit a major legal hiccup. Reports are saying that the UFC has been asking the athletic commission to relax its rules on requiring foreign fighters to have a social security number to fight in Massachusetts, but the commission isn’t budging. Terrell Harris, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety which oversees MMA, is saying that the UFC has chosen to ignore the law and now wants an exception. The fact is the state may lose millions if the fight is held somewhere else, and Massachusetts officials are urging the UFC to petition lawmakers to find a solution.
Harris told the Boston Herald:
“This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
“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.”
“When they bring in fighters that are not American citizens, there are exceptions that allow them to obtain a Social Security number. The Social Security Administration will issue a temporary work visa but it’s up to them to do their due diligence.
“They’ve approached us and asked us if we could make exceptions to the law for them. But the law is the law. The law doesn’t allow us to make exceptions.”
UFC On FOX Sports 1: 1 Shogun Vs Sonnen is scheduled to take place in Boston on Saturday August 17 and the event will kick off the first card on FOX’s new channel Fox Sports 1. In the main event, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua will take on Chael Sonnen in a five round bout. The last time the UFC was in Boston was for UFC 118: Edgar Vs Penn II at the TD Garden, and that is where this card will be as well.