A strawweight fight between Cynthia Calvillo(4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Pearl Gonzalez (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is back on for Saturday’s UFC 210 event.
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
A spokesperson for the New York State Athletic Commission, which regulates the pay-per-view event at KeyBank Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., released an official statement to MMAjunkie on the bout’s status after it was called off because Gonzalez has breast implants, which are not allowed by the commission.
“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,” wrote NSYAC rep Laz Benitez.
Breast implants rule Pearl Gonzalez out of Saturday’s UFC 210 event
A medical manual posted by the NYSAC‘s medical board explicitly prohibits breast implants for boxers “due to concern over rupture.” But the guide does not specify whether that applies to MMA fighters, and the commission’s official bylaws don’t address the matter.
Although multiple people said the bout had been called off over the issue, the UFC never officially canceled the bout, which is slated for the pay-per-view main card. Gonzalez had made weight at the official weigh-ins, coming in at 116 pounds.
Benitez claimed the bout was never officially canceled, but officials merely reviewed Gonzalez’s status after discovering she has implants.
“The Commission did not make a determination to remove Ms. Gonzalez from the card, however the Commission did conduct a review based on information presented at the weigh-in earlier today,” he wrote. “The Commission has completed its review and has cleared Ms. Gonzalez to participate in UFC 210.”
The fight serves as Gonzalez’s UFC debut while Calvillo is making a quick turnaround after a successful debut at UFC 209 in March.