Fox Sports 1 LogoThe Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed to Boston on Aug. 17 for its sophomore effort in the city. UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen is slated for the TD Gardens and is set to serve as featured programming for the launch of Fox’s new nationwide sports channel, Fox Sports 1.

A Boston Herald report on Tuesday brought to light an issue that UFC officials faced in regards to all mixed martial arts competitors in Massachusetts being required to have a valid Social Security number, even foreign-born participants. The report noted that the UFC was seeking an exemption from the law, and suggested that the event could be cancelled altogether if things weren’t worked out.

The report jumped the gun a good bit, as UFC sources assured on Tuesday that the event “is not in danger, and we’re working on getting visas and social security numbers. Tickets are on sale and moving well.”

The UFC later in the day offered an official company statement, again assuring that the Aug. 17 event was not in jeopardy of being cancelled.

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.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 193 stadium officials release statement following Paris terrorist attacks

  • 10 days ago

In a prepared statement, UFC and Etihad Stadium officials expressed sympathy for victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and said safety protocols are being reviewed for today’s massive UFC read news >>

'UFC 193 Embedded' preview: Tyson, Wahlberg, Schwarzenegger on Rousey-Holm

  • 18 days ago

The UFC has released an extended video preview of “UFC 193 Embedded,” and it’s an A-list affair.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Latest batch of USADA testing: 23 tests, including a pair for Vitor Belfort

  • 19 days ago

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has released its latest round of drug testing numbers, and 14 fighters have taken part in the new testing process for the first time.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

'ONE Championship 34: Kingdom of Khmer' heads to Cambodia with Tynanes-Yakhyaev

  • 19 days ago

ONE Championship is heading to Cambodia in December for “ONE Championship 34: Kingdom of Khmer,” officials recently announced.Filed under: News read news >>

Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader Fight Announced for UFC on Fox Newark Card

  • 19 days ago

Anthony Johnson will fight fellow light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader in the headline clash in the first UFC on Fox event of 2016 on Jan. 30. The five-round fight will take place at the Prudential read news >>

Light Heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader Headline UFC on Fox 18 on Jan. 30

  • 20 days ago

Top-ranked light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (20-5) faces third ranked Ryan Bader (20-4) in the the UFC on Fox 18 main event in New Jersey on Jan. 30. read news >>

Anthony Johnson gets wish, meets Ryan Bader in UFC on FOX 18 headliner on Jan. 30

  • 20 days ago

Anthony Johnson campaigned hard for a matchup with fellow UFC light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader. His desire has come to fruition in the form of a five-round main event at UFC on FOX 18. Filed un read news >>

Cosmo Alexandre signs exclusive deal with WSOF

  • 20 days ago

Kickboxing star and Bellator veteran Cosmo Alexandre has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with WSOF, officials recently announced.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Neil Magny Steps in to Save UFC Fight Night 78 Main Event

  • 21 days ago

The hardest working man in MMA has agreed to step up and save the UFC Fight Night 78 main event. read news >>

Oscar De La Hoya says he's discussed a Ronda Rousey boxing debut

  • 23 days ago

Boxing magazine “The Ring” recently released their January cover featuring Ronda Rousey and asking if she could conquer boxing as she has done with MMA. Oscar De La Hoya would like to be a part of th read news >>