UFC Releases Statement on Trump’s Travel Ban, Prepared To Fight For Their Fighter’s Travel Rights

UFC President Dana White.

A lot has been made of the executive order of newly-elected president Donald Trump on banning refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and indefinitely suspending refugees entry from Syria and a 90-day ban on immigrants from six other Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Top UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi fights at UFC 210 against former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. The problem is Mousasi may not be able to gain entry into the States because he was born in Iran.

The UFC released a statement on the matter and will do everything they can so their fighters won’t be affected by the ban.

“We are aware of the federal travel ban,” UFC officials said in a statement to BloodyElbow.com’s Karim Zidan. “There are numerous variables including a judicial injunction. We are monitoring and will be affirmatively engaged to ensure that our fighters and employees are able to compete and do their jobs.”

UFC 210 takes place on April 8 from the Keybank Center in Buffalo. The main event of the show is Daniel Cormier defending the UFC light heavyweight title in a rematch against Anthony Johnson. Cormier won the first fight at UFC 187 in May 2015 by third-round submission.