UFC on FOX Sports 1 In Boston Will Go Ahead As Planned Despite State Laws

As it seems the UFC on FOX Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen card will be going ahead as planned regardless of the state laws that fighters need a social security number in order to compete, after those in the know over at Zuffa headquarters worked overtime to smooth things over this time around.

Sources reported:

“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.”

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