‘UFC on FS1’ hits major Legal Snag; foreign fighters at risk of getting bumped

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news

sscAll these regulations and rules are really getting in my way. The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety is taking a stance that may cause some serious problems for the UFC’s trip to Boston in August. Here’s what’s happening. The government is saying that they will not allow any foreign fighters to participate at the event without social security cards.

That poses a major problem for some of the biggest names on the show. Mauricio Rua is slated as a headliner opposite Chael Sonnen and Alistair Overeem is in the co-main event with Travis Browne. If they are unable to fight, it obviously puts the whole card in jeopardy.

Terrell Harris, a spokesman for the Dept of Public Safety, didn’t appear to be forgiving at all when he described the issues. “This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” he said. “It’s been brought to the attention of the UFC more than a few times since we legalized the fighting here. But they’ve chosen basically to ignore the law and hope that they could skirt it somehow.”

The UFC is trying to apply for a one-time exception, but Harris remained unswerving. In fact, he kinda came across as a dick (and you thought this was going to be a straight news piece, without any opinions?). “They’ve approached us and asked us if we could make exceptions to the law for them,” Harris said. “But the law is the law. The law doesn’t allow us to make exceptions.”


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