Foreign-Born Fighters Banned From UFC On Fox Sports 1:Boston

Posted on June 18, 2013, 09:55 AM by Rory Kernaghan
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UFC on Fox Sports 1 Boston is in danger of facing cancellation due to legal issues regarding foreign fighters. The news is emerging shortly before the release date for ticket sales, and it poses a serious threat of cancelling the event all together.It seems the drama is stemming from laws about social security numbers for foreign fighters competing in Boston.

Here is the story via The Boston Herald:

"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,” Harris said.

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.”

Now this isn't all doom and gloom, there are ways around getting foreign fighters social security numbers. Word has it that the UFC are in negotiations with Boston lawmakers to try and solve the situation, but if they are unable to then this could be a huge blow for the UFC.

The August 17th event is stacked from top to bottom, and I really hope that this is just a small bump in the road. Stay tuned to Lowkick for more updates as they come in.


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  • Entity
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    Get the h3ll out of Boston. This is the same commie state that locked down the entire city and threatened arrest if anyone came out of their homes. The declared martial law with 5000 troops and military to find a 19 year old boy who was set up in the first place.

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  • highkick12
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    Careful man, telling the truth can get you arrested for terrorism.

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  • ShenronRage
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    Hey give Americans a break, we just over reacted like we always do.

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  • IChokePeople
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    You are out of your mind. I am here and your right wing nut job propaganda is ludicrous. There were never 5000 troops anywhere and people were asked to stay inside for their own safety because there were two lunatics hurling explosives and shooting. WTF does the gov stand to gain from a tiny little bombing like that one anyway? If they were going to stage a false flag event it would A; be a lot bigger and B; lead to something. It was barely a blip in the public discourse.

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  • N.C.
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    I Gotta put this out there. I'm not normally into that Alex Jones type stuff.

    However, I was flying out Friday morning to Boston. My friend was getting married. Since it was just days after the bombing. I was watching the new closely since they were still out there.

    This is what i swear, i saw on the local Boston news. This is the craziest case of wag the dog I've personally ever seen.

    At like 2 am I was packing. I had the local boston news on live stream. I was wondering where they could be. But right then, news was coming out about the cop that was killed at the campus and how they stole a SUV. I saw footage of them making the older brother strip down naked before the police came and cuffed him. While that was happening, his brother took off. while the cops were arresting the older brother. I remember interviews of people in the hood after saying, the cops made the brother strip to prevent hiding hidden bombs. Then talk about violating his rights etc.

    I remember a photograph of the cops taking him to the cop car. Alive.

    I eventually got in my car and drove to buffalo to get to the airport. I obviously got stopped at the border. But while watching the news at the border. I literally saw the story change. Suddenly the older brother was killed charging at the cops with a pipe bomb. When i got to the airport, all the news was now telling this story.

    I wish i screen capped the stuff on the video and the photos they showed. I was so in shock, i remember i didn't even tell anybody for days.

    Well there you conspiracy guys have it. My personal account of the Boston bombers on the night of the events. Craziest thing I ever saw.

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  • akieyugames
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    N.C. you know that after you told your story on the internet, they're going to find you, you know that right? Seriously, Living across the world from Boston - made me more interested in the events of the bombing and the arrests of the suspects, will read more about it, Sharp!

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  • N.C.
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    I still dont know what to think about it. There were families on the street with iphones filming it. Suddenly all that footage disappear. I watched live on the news. Replayed over and over again before dawn. Just hand cam footage of him on the ground clothed which they showed and later said he was dead.

    Being at the airport while this was happening is another story. This stuff is only funny until your stuck in a airport watching chopper full of military guys landing in the downtown.

    Thinking, I'm there in a couple hours.

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  • N.C.
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    http://digitaljournal.com/article/348553

    SEE RIGHT HERE!!!!

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  • Entity
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    Maybe you're misinformed Choker.
    The police were militarized and working hand in hand with military.
    THAT is violation of the 4th amendment militarizing local police and controlling their actions. I saw all the insane pictures of riot gear swat and military all over the flucking place. They forced their way into peoples homes as well.
    I stand for liberty and freedom. Dont even attempt to think you know what political belief I have. But by your ignorance I would have to assume you suckle Obama.

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  • chael4president1
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    The real nut jobs are anyone that believes the government cares in the slightest about random civilians' safety.

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  • Entity
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    True that! Heres what normal looks like huh IChoker?
    http://youtu.be/QKiMnfAgPnk

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  • enjoylife321
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    How hard is it for the government to grant a temporary work visa for athletes who participate in sports entertainment when they are going to be paying taxes for any money they earn and contributing it back to the US economy.

    lets cancel the event, move it to another state or country, and take the revenue away from the people of Boston.

    All the law makers need to do is ask for a temporary security or bond from the UFC if they are so worried about something an athlete may not comply with.


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  • IChokePeople
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    I would agree BUT there is pertinent info missing from this article; do the fighters have anyway of knowing about this law? It would seem that they do if the UFC has been made aware of this in the past. If I knew what the reason for these fighters not having the paperwork in place I would be better able to judge this thing.

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  • HunterB
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    I think what you meant to say was "I would agree BUT I am from Boston."

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  • Mike Drahota
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    Yeah I agree Enjoy. The law is the law, but these are fighters going to the state in order to entertain the fans. Also, the event will bring upwards of $50 million in revenue to the state, but they are going to bypass that because of a technicality?

    I understand being cautious in the wake of a tragedy, and it was a bad one. But you have to wonder if you are looking at the right people here. Shogun and Overeem might not be the guys you're looking for. Get them their temporary work visas and let them fight.

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  • enjoylife321
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    The same people Mike who make these bullsheet laws will be having crisis meetings about revenue problems and the need to increase taxes.

    If I was the mayor of any town that was recieving 50 million of revenue, I would be handing the UFC a "KEY" and saying make yourself comfortable Dana...

    We have the same problems in Australia, for example.....right now, the UFC can host events in Sydney and Gold Coast but not in Melbourne....
    They are working to get it fixed but....its like wtf?

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  • chael4president1
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    It seems like they made this law specifically to stop people from competing if they haven't been in the country for long. I don't know if getting a Visa gets you a SS number. But if so it just seems like this is intentional. Considering we've never heard of it being a problem anywhere else.

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  • InfiniteEnigma
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    this is one of those retarded outdated laws from the old world that needs to be dropped, like no *** other than missionary in some states.

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  • InfiniteEnigma
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    wow!!! i cant believed the word secks is censored on this site. just as retarded as the law above. why isn't the word retarded banned, if we are gonna be politically correct. is this the 80's when George Michaels " I want your S.E.X." was played as"love" on the radio. ..

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  • Brian Cox
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    I'm for banning the people who ban things in Boston.

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  • TheRealDeal
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    I'm all for banning idiots who make comments on here that have no frigging idea what they are talking about.

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  • kungfurule
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    If the UFC legal knew about this they should have never proceeded in Boston. That said they could broadcast the foreign born fighter's fights from a nearby state onto some big screens in Boston as well as PPV that could work. Maybe lower the ticket price 20%.? Maybe not be so greedy.

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  • timbo613
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    This is because the people who run Boston are racist, so they put this law in place to prevent someone with no social security(foreigner's) to fight in the city. What's the harm in it. Who does it hurt and why did they try so hard to pass the law way back.Why does that law even matter.

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  • diamond-mma2
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    the Majority of law makers are full of s-hit..i remember the law maker in NY who voted against Marijuana legalization, and then got caught with possession of Marijuana...Miami raise the toll by 70 cents, because they went out and got like half a million worth of palm trees...and this f-u-cktards in Boston made a law that doest make sense.

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