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Tallica19812011-03-31 03:12:50 +0000 #1
This is something I hear a lot when a foreign fighter pulls out of a fight. Does anyone have any knowledge of what exactly these issues are, or why they happen? It seems odd that companies as large as the ones involved with as much money involved would have issues with months of notice.

Is it simply not filing paper work, or is it a lame excuse that is used when a fighter pulls out for another reason like money, injury, etc?
BulldogWrestler2011-03-31 03:18:54 +0000 #2
Combination of a bunch I would imagine.

The UFC cannot file visa paperwork for a fighter. That lies solely on the individual. So if a fighter doesn't go through the proper channels to get it done for whatever reason, then it's not going to happen.

It could be an easy way to duck fights, argue (through actions) over money. I would imagine most of the time it's just a fighter being lazy and waiting until the last minute to do things.
Cuchulain2011-03-31 03:38:20 +0000 #3
For NON U.S citizens fighting in the U.S they have to obtain a temporary H1B visa. This is applied for by the company in advance of the job, on the behalf of the fighter. These are normally issued in April of every year but can be obtained throughout the year.

Immigration do not bend the rules for anyone (especially since post 9/11)

If the UFC don't file on time or get the information on time, or if immigration decide to slow things up then you have "visa issues"

It works both ways too for U.S citizens fighting over seas. Though EU is a little slacker.
BulldogWrestler2011-03-31 04:09:10 +0000 #4
I was under the understanding that it was the exact opposite and that the UFC cannot file the paperwork on behalf of the fighter. The UFC has its own paperwork it needs to fill out (i.e. so a random guy can't get a Visa simply by saying he works for the UFC and than that's that) but there is paperwork that a foreign fighter must do in order to get it pushed through.
Cuchulain2011-03-31 04:27:37 +0000 #5
The UFC have to file a co-sponsor part of the documentation.

Their attorneys would handle everything - it definitely would not be done at the individual level.
rampagejt2011-03-31 03:39:14 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Cuchulain

The UFC have to file a co-sponsor part of the documentation.

Their attorneys would handle everything - it definitely would not be done at the individual level.

The attorneys handle everything, but the applicant would have to visit the US Embassy for a quick interview by a state department official to make sure everything is legit. More than likely, the US Embassy is closed or unable to conduct interviews due to the issues there.

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