The path has been cleared for Kelvin Gastelum to compete at UFC 206.
Sherdog.com has confirmed with a New York State Athletic Commission official that “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner has paid a $2,000 fine for failing to appear at weigh-ins ahead of a proposed UFC 205 bout against Donald Cerrone. According to a statement from the NYSAC, “the matter is now closed,” meaning that Gastelum will avoid the initial six-month suspension he received. ESPN.com first reported the news.
Gastelum, who has struggled to make the welterweight limit during his Octagon tenure, is scheduled to meet Tim Kennedy in a middleweight bout at UFC 206. The Las Vegas-based promotion already announced the matchup although it still needed approval from the Ontario Office of the Athletics Commissioner. Now that Gastelum has settled with the NYSAC, that should not be an issue.
UFC 206 takes place on Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and is headlined by an interim featherweight title tilt between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis. The evening’s main card will air on pay-per-view, with prelims appearing on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.