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(Not) Coming to America: Massachusetts State Law Threatening to Derail ‘UFC on FOX Sports 1:1”² [UPDATED]

Not to give any of you Massachusetts-based Taters a full-blown, Buster Bluth panic attack, but UFC on FOX Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen is currently facing some legal issues that could throw a wrench into the plans of several foreign fighters hoping to compete on the Boston card in August, including headliner Mauricio Shogun Rua. The Boston Herald first passed along word of a potential issue, which relates to temporary Social Security numbers that must be attained by foreign-born fighters before they are allowed to compete in Massachusetts: “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.  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…the law is the law. The law doesn’t allow us to make exceptions. Indeed it does not. – Chad Johnson. Occasionally it does. – Lindsay Lohan

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