Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced Tuesday evening
that the organization’s
debut on Fox Sports 1 is expected to move forward despite a
legal hang-up in Massachusetts.
Earlier today, the Boston Herald reported that the Aug. 17 event
could be in jeopardy due to a state law requiring all foreign-born
boxers and mixed martial artists to possess a social security
number. The UFC later released the following statement:
“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
“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.”
UFC on Fox Sports 1 is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown
between former champion Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua and ex-title challenger Chael Sonnen
and will also see onetime Strikeforce heavyweight ruler Alistair
Overeem return to the Octagon against once-beaten Hawaiian
Browne. Eleven foreign-born fighters, including Rua and
Overeem, are slated to compete at the event.