Pearl Gonzalez will be fighting Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 210, despite being removed from the card just minutes after the weigh-ins.
Just when it appeared as if Pearl Gonzalez would be denied her UFC debut against Cynthia Calvillo, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has cleared her for competition on Saturday night.
UFC president Dana White confirmed just prior to the ceremonial weigh-ins that Gonzalez vs. Calvillo is back on course for UFC 210 in Buffalo.
STOP listening to web sites and whoever. If u don’t hear it from us it’s probably not true. THIS FIGHT IS ON!!!! pic.twitter.com/tnbzWyAz5w
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 7, 2017
Side note: We’d really appreciate if you didn’t take Dana’s advice to heart and decided to stop reading Bloody Elbow, and “whoever” else covers MMA.
Gonzalez was originally pulled from the card for having breast implants, which the NYSAC prohibited for boxers (but never updated the wording for MMA fighters). This occurred after the completion of the official weigh-ins, which saw Gonzalez make weight.
In addition to Dana’s confirmation, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted out a statement released by the NYSAC on Gonzalez.
NYSAC confirms Pearl Gonzalez was cleared after “careful consideration and review, including a conversation with her treating physician.”
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 7, 2017
There you have it. UFC 210 still features a light heavyweight champion who lost and then didn’t lose the belt on the scales, and a debuting fighter who is now allowed to compete with breast implants after the originally commission told her she couldn’t.