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Published June 19, 2013
MORE PEOPLE GO WITH VISA: ESPN.com's Franklin McNeil noted UFC VP/Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner yesterday "refuted a report" that the promotion's Aug. 17 event in Boston is "in jeopardy of falling apart if several fighters scheduled to compete fail to secure Social Security numbers." Ratner said, "The fight is not in jeopardy. There are a few fighters whom we're working on their visas. Everything is in the process right now. They're all going to apply for Social Security numbers. They have to get visas but also have to apply for Social Security numbers. We're complying with every part of the law." McNeil noted several foreign fighters, including Brazilian Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, are "slated to compete on the card." No U.S. jurisdiction that is a "member of the Boxing Association of Commissions other than Massachusetts requires a fighter to possess a Social Security number." But Ratner said that Massachusetts officials "only recently have made UFC aware of its Social Security requirement." Ratner: "Three years ago it was not a problem. On this card we have some foreign fighters, but we will comply" (ESPN.com, 6/18).