Saturday’s women’s strawweight bout between Pearl Gonzalez and Cynthia Calvillo is still very much on for UFC 210, organization President Dana White said Friday. This despite earlier reports that it had been pulled due to a stipulation in New York state’s sanctioning commission’s rule book that outlaws “boxers” with breast implants from competing.
According to reports published by ESPN, CBS Sports and other outlets, the New York State Athletic Commission had informed Gonzalez about her alleged disqualification on Friday, after the fighter had successfully weighed in for her 115-pound fight. The reason, according to the reports, was because Gonzalez did not previously inform NYSAC of her surgical enhancement.
“Due to the concern over rupture, boxers who have breast implants are not eligible to box in New York,” the commission’s Medical Standards for Professional Boxers manual states. “Boxers who have had breast reduction surgeries are eligible to box.”
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A spokesman for UFC confirmed to The Washington Post that the fight was in doubt at one point, but added, just as White indicated in his midafternoon tweet on Friday, “It is back on.”
In an email to The Washington Post, the NYSAC said it never made the decision to “remove” Gonzalez from the card, but that it did “conduct a review based on information presented at the weigh-in,” which took place on Friday.
“The Commission has completed its review and has cleared Ms. Gonzalez to participate in UFC 210,” the email confirmed.
One reason for the confusion may have been because of the language used in the NYSAC’s medical manual, which suggests it applies to boxers only.
Neither fighter commented after initial reports of the fight’s cancellation. Calvillo’s training teammate, UFC fighter Urijah Faber, said on Instagram on Friday that he was “sad to hear our girl fight is off … Sucks for both of these ladies.”
Faber did not immediately post to social media again after White confirmed the fight was still on.
Gonzalez, who comes to the UFC with a professional MMA record of 6-1, has not fought since last April. Calvillo, meanwhile, was in the octagon last month for her UFC debut. Her record is currently 4-0.
UFC 210’s main card is scheduled to kick off from Buffalo’s KeyBank Center at 10 p.m. ET.