After having their fight canceled just after weigh ins, Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez will indeed fight at UFC 210 on Saturday night.
The New York State Athletic Commission originally informed Gonzalez that she would not be able to compete after making weight early Friday morning because of a rule about female fighters not being able to compete with breast implants.
From the NYSAC rulebook: “Due to the concern over rupture, boxers who have breast implants are not eligible to box in New York. Women who have had breast reduction surgery are, however, eligible to compete.”
Of note, that says boxers, not fighters.
Hours later, UFC president Dana White fired off a message that the fight was on.
NYSAC released a statement shortly after.
“After careful consideration and review, including a conversation with Pearl Gonzalez’s treating physician, the commission has determined that Ms. Gonzalez is medically cleared to participate in the UFC 210 event in Buffalo, New York.”
That’s right, a fight that has been scheduled for over a month was canceled just after both fighters weighed in because the New York State Athletic Commission prohibits female fighters from competing with breast implants.
It’s the right thing to do for all parties involved. Gonzalez’s team said they were unaware of the rule until after she left the scale. We can only imagine what she put herself through in those final two hours to make that weight, just to have it taken away from her on a rule that she admitted she wasn’t made aware of.
“They just said breast implants were not allowed in this state,” Gonzalez said via MMAFighting.com. “And I was a little, you know, appalled and I said ‘okay, can I talk to my team?’ and the commissioner said ‘yes,’ and I walked out of the room and that was that.
“I don’t think I wanted the world to know about my surgery and to be talked about like this,” Gonzalez said. “I have worked very hard to show how talented I am. I have a lot to bring to this division. And that’s what I would like to be known for.”
Coupling this with the bizarre handling ofwithout anybody knowing it was legal, it has been a banner day for the NYSAC.