Earlier in the month, there was some concern that the UFC’s return to Boston for UFC on FOX Sports 1 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen could be in jeopardy because of a Massachusetts state law that would have required all foreign born fighters to obtain a social security number to fight.
This would have obviously been a major issue for the promotion, but there was never any panic and the tickets went on sale as planned.
Now, we know that there was no cause for concern and the UFC was able to work things out with the state to allow the show to go on as originally scheduled.
In the commonwealth, in order to get a license to fight, one needs a social security number. It’s a law that the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission was unaware of when the UFC first came to the state. It’s also a rule that none of America’s other 49 states share.
The problem with that regulation is that only American citizens are routinely issued social security numbers. For this show, nearly half of the fighters hail from foreign countries, including participants in the main event, Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and the co-main event, Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands.
Fighters, however, may apply for social security numbers if they have valid visas, and the UFC’s immigration department has been working overtime to make sure the fight card stands.
It didn’t seem like the event was ever in serious jeopardy because of a lack of concern from UFC officials, but with the obscure law you never knew how things would work out. Thankfully for everyone who already had tickets and travel plans, the promotion and FOX Sports 1, the show will go on.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen is set to take place August 17 at Boston’s TD Garden.
Here is the current fight card for the event:
- Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
- Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem
- Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber
- Thiago Alves vs. Matt Brown
- Uriah Hall vs. Nick Ring
- Michael “The Menace” Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon
- Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett
- Conor McGregor vs. Andy Ogle
- Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani
- Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller
- Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux
- Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick