It was just another day at the mixed martial arts (MMA) office when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White learned that Massachusetts Department of Public Safety would require foreign-born fighters to have social security numbers (for temporary work visas) to compete at TD Garden in Boston on Aug. 17, 2013.
White and Co. issued a formal statement (read it here) shortly after the bad news broke, hoping to assuage concerns that UFC on FOX Sports 1 #1: "Shogun vs. Sonnen" would go on as planned. Indeed, the world's leading MMA promotion "anticipated a positive outcome" and, reportedly, its immigration department has been "working overtime to make sure the fight card stands."
The latest update from White (via Boston.com):
"... 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."
"Shogun vs. Sonnen" will feature an impromptu Light Heavyweight match up that pits former 205-pound division champion Mauricio Rua opposite ex-Middleweight No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen. The co-main event boats a monster Heavyweight clash between top 10 bruisers Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne.
That's not all.
Long-time welterweight contender Thiago Alves takes on the "Immortal" Matt Brown, while The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veterans Michael Johnson and Joe Lauzon hook 'em up for a spot in the 155-pound pecking order.