The UFC currently faces some resistance from a politician in Boston. And that has caused the guy who runs the UFC to take a shot at pro sports team headquartered, sort of, in Boston.
“[W]hen people ask me about it, I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. We’re in Boston, aren’t we?” White told MMAJunkie.com regarding efforts by Boston City Councilman Steve Murphy to impose obstacles on a UFC event to be held Saturday in Boston. “Don’t the Patriots play here? F—ing Aaron Hernandez just murdered somebody and possibly murdered two other people. Are the Patriots going to get chased out of town now?”
(Apparently not, given that White was hanging out with Pats owner Robert Kraft before Friday night’s game against the Buccaneers.)
The local push against UFC includes reliance on an obscure state law requiring foreign-born martial-artists and boxers to have Social Security numbers.
“They pulled this whole Social Security bullsh-t on us first,” White said. “How about f—ing hockey? Hockey players are from Russia, Czechoslovakia, Canada and all these other places. They get in here and do it. How about basketball? They’ve got guys from all over the world playing basketball.
“They’re trying to chase us out of here. Are they going to do this to boxing events, too? Are they going to try and chase boxing out of here? How many boxing events are they doing here? Not many.”
They do plenty of Patriots games near Boston, and firing at the Patriots isn’t exactly the best way for White to suck up to the local powers-that-be.