So get this: some pencil pusher in Massachusetts’s Department of Public Safety is threatening to shut down the UFC’s big August 17th show in Boston over an obtuse paperwork issue.
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,” 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.
Let’s be clear here: this social security number thing is pure red tape retardedness. All the American fighters have social security numbers for Boston to fill into their dumb fucking forms. When it comes to foreign fighters, how about checking N/A like every other commission in the country?
Demanding fighters apply for temporary social security numbers to satisfy a *Required Field in your system seems arbitrary enough to begin with. Killing an event that gives the surrounding economy a 50 million dollar boost over it is just … I don’t even know what to call it. Let’s hope someone higher up the political food chain realizes how insane this whole situation is before the UFC has to move the show.