UFC On FOX Sports 1 will go ahead a planned in Boston on August 16th after some outstanding legal issues were resolved, Dana White has confirmed.
Concerns over the event developed a couple of weeks ago when it emerged that Boston officials were clamping down on foreign fighters competing in the state without social security numbers.
That was potentially a major problem given that there was a large number of overseas fighters on the card, including main card stars like Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua’ and Alistair Overeem, and White admits that at one stage there was the possibility that the event may have been moved elsewhere before it was finally sorted out.
“You know, when it gets down to the fact, do you want to change the card? You know, do you want to move fights around and switch fights?,” White told The Boston Herald. “When that starts happening, it’s like ‘Yeah, maybe we can’t do the fight here.’ But, you know, we figured it out.
“We ended up getting everything straightened out. The fights will happen. The card will be great. It’s going to be good. There’s always something. It literally never ends. There’s always something, something that pops up or whatever. We’re pretty used to dealing with this stuff.”
It’s not surprising that they were able to reach an agreement – after all this is a very high profile show given that it’ll feature on FOX Sports launch night and is set to generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the city.