Pearl Gonzalez (pictured) will in fact fight Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 210 despite having breast implants.
After both fighters made weight Friday morning, the New York State Athletic Commission informed Gonzalez that she will not be allowed to make her UFC debut in the NYC because she had breast implants.
Why the UFC and Gonzalez weren’t aware of New York’s breast implant policy prior to today’s fiasco is unknown.
“Due to the concern over rupture, boxers who have breast implants are not eligible to box in the state of New York. Boxers who have breast reductions are allowed to box,” reads New York’s rules on breast implants.
The UFC, however, never confirmed the cancellation of the strawweight scrap. There were rumblings the UFC was frantically working behind the scenes to clear Gonzalez’s participation in the event with the NYSAC.
Well, don’t believe everything you read from MMA websites – even if the information came directly from a NYSAC official – according to UFC president Dana White.
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
And just like that, the UFC made #BreastImplateGate disappear.
“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,” said NYSAC spokersperson Laz Benitez.
And there you have it, today was much aboob about nothing…
KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York hosts UFC 210.
(UFC Fight Pass 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT)
Magomed Bibulatov (126) vs. Jenel Lausa (124.8)
Irene Aldana (135.6) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (134.8)
Josh Emmett (155.6) vs. Desmond Green (154.2)
Gregor Gillespie (154.8) vs. Andrew Holbrook (156)
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Jan Blachowicz (204.2) vs. Patrick Cummins (205.4)
Shane Burgos (146) vs. Charles Rosa (145.2)
Sean Strickland (170) vs. Kamaru Usman (170.2)
Mike De La Torre (146) vs. Myles Jury (145)
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Will Brooks (155.4) vs. Charles Oliveira (152.8)
Thiago Alves (170.6) vs. Patrick Cote (170)
Cynthia Calvillo (115.6) vs. Pearl Gonzalez (116)
Gegard Mousasi (185.8) vs. Chris Weidman (185.8)
Anthony Johnson (203.8) vs. Daniel Cormier (205 – UFC light heavyweight champion)