The UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen fight card slated for Aug. 17 in Boston will move forward as planned after UFC officials avoided disaster due to Massachusetts’ requirement for all fighters to have a social security number in order to compete.
The requirement nearly tripped up several foreign fighters on the card since they would not normally have a social security number.
UFC officials worked overtime, however, to make sure that the fight card will move forward as planned, according to a Boston Herald report.
Fighters that enter the U.S. with a valid visa can apply for a social security number. It’s a time consuming process, but the UFC worked with the proper authorities to make it happen.
“We ended up getting everything straightened out. The fights will happen. The card will be great. It’s going to be good,” UFC president Dana White told the Boston Herald.
“There’s always something. It literally never ends. There’s always something, something that pops up or whatever. We’re pretty used to dealing with this stuff.”
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Chael Sonnen headlines the UFC on Fox Sports 1 #1 fight card, which also serves as prime time programming for the launch of the new Fox Sports 1 network.
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