The first UFC on FS1 event to go on in Boston as planned despite legal hurdles

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The Boston Herald is reporting that the UFC and Massachusetts have worked out the issues that threatened to force the UFC's debut on FS1 out of Boston.

The UFC has cleared the legal hurdles that were threatening their Boston debut on FS1 in August. We reported on an obscure Massachusetts law that would have required every fighter on the card to have a social security number earlier this month. We also reported on UFC exec. Marc Ratner's assertion that the law wouldn't stop the show.

Looks like Ratner was right. The Boston Herald has the scoop:

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.

UFC on FOX Sports 1 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen will take place Aug. 28, 2013 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Come back to Bloody Elbow for more coverage of UFC on FS1 1.


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