On Tuesday morning, BostonHerald.com reported the UFC’s return to Boston was in jeopardy because the state of Massachusetts is requiring all foreign-born fighters to have social security numbers in order to compete inside TD Garden on August 17.
Boston officials are strictly prohibited from issuing an MMA license to any fighter without proper documentation.
However, the report stated the UFC has petitioned the state for a one-time exception to allow foreign contestants to compete with or without a valid SS number. In addition, a foreign-born fighter can obtain a temporary SS# following a 10-day grace period.
The UFC is confident the show will go on given these two exceptions.
The planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion issued a statement this evening addressing the red tape. They don’t seem too concerned with the situation:
“For the first time since 2010, the UFC is very excited to return to TD Garden in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 17 with a live event card to coincide with the launch of the FOX Sports 1 network. Tickets went on pre-sale today for the event and are already off to a tremendous start.
There were some questions that surfaced regarding licensing requirements for mixed martial artists and boxers to have social security numbers in order to compete in the state of Massachusetts. Last week, these requirements were brought to UFC’s attention and we immediately began working to ensure that all athletes affected by this are in full compliance. We are continuing to work on this and anticipate a positive outcome.
We look forward to bringing another successful event to Boston during an incredible week for sports fans in the city.”
(Pictured: UFC president Dana White)