Marc Ratner: UFC on FS1 show in Boston is not in jeopardy

Michael Heiman

A report yesterday surfaced that the UFC on Fox Sports 1 show in Boston on August 17th might be in jeopardy due to paperwork issues for foreign fighters. The UFC quickly refuted that claim though.

Yesterday, an article in the Boston Herald stated that the UFC on Fox Sports 1 1 in Boston on August 17th might face some significant issues due to a state law mandating that foreign fighters get Social Security numbers in addition to work visas. They didn't have to do this the first time the UFC ran Boston in 2010, but apparently the state of Massachusetts is going to uphold the law this time. The UFC responded quickly though, with UFC VP Marc Ratner saying that the card will be just fine and everyone will have SSN's (via ESPN)

"The fight is not in jeopardy. There are a few fighters whom we're working on their visas. Everything is in the process right now. They're all going to apply for Social Security numbers. They have to get visas but also have to apply for Social Security numbers. We're complying with every part of the law.

"At the end of the day, we will be fine."

Tickets for the event just happened to go on pre-sale yesterday, which made the timing of the article a bit curious. The card is scheduled to play host to a bunch of foreign fighters, including headliner Mauricio Rua and co-main event heavyweight Alistair Overeem. It seems that everything will be okay though and the event will go forward as scheduled, if the UFC and dot their I's and cross their T's.


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