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6/18/13 1:07 AM
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It pains me to share this link with you guys.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/06/state_may_ko_ufc_bouts

From my co-worker Dave Wedge:

tate red tape could knock out a blockbuster bareknuckle fight card slated for Boston Garden later this summer as government officials are refusing the UFC’s request to relax rules barring foreign-born fighters from hitting the octagon without Social Security numbers.

“This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Terrell Harris, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, which regulates prize fighting. “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 wildly popular UFC held its first major bout in Boston in 2010 — the sold-out UFC 118 — just months after the state legalized MMA-style fighting following years of controversy.

 

Under federal Social Security Administration rules, a fighter can get a temporary number after a 10-day grace period.

“When they bring in fighters that are not American citizens, there are exceptions that allow them to obtain a Social Security number,” Harris said. “The Social Security Administration will issue a temporary work visa but it’s up to them to do their due diligence.”

Harris said the UFC has petitioned the state for a one-time exception to allow foreign fighters to square off at the Aug. 17 Garden event — with or without a valid Social Security number. But state law is clear that officials are prohibited from issuing an MMA license to any fighter without proper documentation.

- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/06/state_may_ko_ufc_bouts#sthash.7210ouLE.dpuf

tate red tape could knock out a blockbuster bareknuckle fight card slated for Boston Garden later this summer as government officials are refusing the UFC’s request to relax rules barring foreign-born fighters from hitting the octagon without Social Security numbers.

“This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Terrell Harris, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, which regulates prize fighting. “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 wildly popular UFC held its first major bout in Boston in 2010 — the sold-out UFC 118 — just months after the state legalized MMA-style fighting following years of controversy.

 

Under federal Social Security Administration rules, a fighter can get a temporary number after a 10-day grace period.

“When they bring in fighters that are not American citizens, there are exceptions that allow them to obtain a Social Security number,” Harris said. “The Social Security Administration will issue a temporary work visa but it’s up to them to do their due diligence.”

Harris said the UFC has petitioned the state for a one-time exception to allow foreign fighters to square off at the Aug. 17 Garden event — with or without a valid Social Security number. But state law is clear that officials are prohibited from issuing an MMA license to any fighter without proper documentation.

- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/06/state_may_ko_ufc_bouts#sthash.7210ouLE.dpuf

State red tape could knock out a blockbuster bareknuckle fight card slated for Boston Garden later this summer as government officials are refusing the UFC’s request to relax rules barring foreign-born fighters from hitting the octagon without Social Security numbers.

“This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Terrell Harris, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, which regulates prize fighting. “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 wildly popular UFC held its first major bout in Boston in 2010 — the sold-out UFC 118 — just months after the state legalized MMA-style fighting following years of controversy.

 

Under federal Social Security Administration rules, a fighter can get a temporary number after a 10-day grace period.

“When they bring in fighters that are not American citizens, there are exceptions that allow them to obtain a Social Security number,” Harris said. “The Social Security Administration will issue a temporary work visa but it’s up to them to do their due diligence.”

Harris said the UFC has petitioned the state for a one-time exception to allow foreign fighters to square off at the Aug. 17 Garden event — with or without a valid Social Security number. But state law is clear that officials are prohibited from issuing an MMA license to any fighter without proper documentation.

- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/06/state_may_ko_ufc_bouts#sthash.7210ouLE.dpuf

State red tape could knock out a blockbuster bareknuckle fight card slated for Boston Garden later this summer as government officials are refusing the UFC’s request to relax rules barring foreign-born fighters from hitting the octagon without Social Security numbers.

“This law has been in existence since we legalized mixed martial arts in the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Terrell Harris, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, which regulates prize fighting. “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.”

6/18/13 1:08 AM
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"Under federal Social Security Administration rules, a fighter can get a temporary number after a 10-day grace period.

“When they bring in fighters that are not American citizens, there are exceptions that allow them to obtain a Social Security number,” Harris said. “The Social Security Administration will issue a temporary work visa but it’s up to them to do their due diligence.”

Harris said the UFC has petitioned the state for a one-time exception to allow foreign fighters to square off at the Aug. 17 Garden event — with or without a valid Social Security number. But state law is clear that officials are prohibited from issuing an MMA license to any fighter without proper documentation.

“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.”

 

6/18/13 1:08 AM
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WTF? Seriously? I'm far from a zuffa fan, but this is retarded. 

6/18/13 1:11 AM
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Basically, it boils down to the Massachusetts Athletic State Commission requiring all fighters to have social security numbers to fight in the state. It's a ridiculous and arbitrary rule that may force the UFC to move UFC on Fox Sports 1 to another venue. It'll also cost the state a lot of money.

Nothing is final right now. I know the UFC is trying to work with the MASC, but it is unfortunately possible that UFC on Fox Sports 1 happens in a different state.

It's unfortunate that an athletic commission could actually have a hand in keeping the UFC out of their state. Awful, really.

6/18/13 1:12 AM
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don't panick. The UFC has already begun the process of obtaining the temporary social security numbers for foreign fighters. I think there's a zero chance this event is actually in jeopardy.

6/18/13 1:18 AM
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I'm on the app and what the fuck is happening Phone Post 3.0
6/18/13 1:33 AM
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Why can't the UFC obtain the SSN's?
6/18/13 1:35 AM
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cool, i already bought train tickets and booked a hotel room for that weekend
6/18/13 1:48 AM
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Now that Whitey Bulger is locked up, Dana can come back & not get leaned on. I see no problem.
6/18/13 2:38 AM
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You can get temporary ssn? Phone Post 3.0
6/18/13 3:51 AM
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nobones -  The law doesn't make exceptions? Phone Post


6/18/13 4:01 AM
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I AM THE LURRRRRR!!!

6/18/13 6:55 AM
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Foos - Why can't the UFC obtain the SSN's?
They make it sound like a state standard process. Wtf? Phone Post
6/18/13 7:02 AM
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The fuck? Tickets go on sale in three hours!

6/18/13 7:10 AM
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DFW will hit them off with a backstage bonus. NBD. She's chirping to get a piece. It's Boston, corrupt motherfuckers like Jersey and Chicago.
6/18/13 7:30 AM
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This? Phone Post 3.0
6/18/13 7:31 AM
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Am I the only one irked at the fact the Boston Herald would describe it as a "bareknuckle fight card"?

6/18/13 7:33 AM
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Dana needs to get the mob connections working overtime.

6/18/13 7:34 AM
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Am I the only one irked at the fact the Boston Herald would describe it as a "bareknuckle fight card"?


There uneducated clowns 

6/18/13 7:56 AM
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Am I the only one irked at the fact the Boston Herald would describe it as a "bareknuckle fight card"?


There uneducated clowns 


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6/18/13 7:57 AM
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What the fuck is this?

They just want money or something right?
6/18/13 7:58 AM
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BALLSDEEP - Now that Whitey Bulger is locked up, Dana can come back & not get leaned on. I see no problem.

Whitey's on trial now. He's still owed that Boxercise money with 15 years vig. Pay the man and this UFC will happen.
6/18/13 8:06 AM
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well all the energy fighting for an exemption, how about using the time to get the social security number. got 2 months
6/18/13 8:06 AM
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well all the energy fighting for an exemption, how about using the time to get the social security number. got 2 months
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That you Jenna ?


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