Upon further review, the New York State Athletic Commission has decided to let Pearl Gonzalez fight at UFC 210 after all.
Earlier Friday, multiple outlets reported that the NYSAC had elected to cancel Gonzalez’s strawweight bout against Cynthia Calvillo because of the fighter’s breast implants. Commission medical regulations in New York don’t allow athletes with breast implants to box “due to the concern over rupture,” although mixed martial arts is not specifically mentioned in the rules. The bout was reportedly nixed after both Gonzalez and Calvillo made weight on Friday morning. However, the NYSAC apparently changed course later in the day.
“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, N.Y.,” wrote an NYSAC official in a statement provided to Sherdog.com.
Additionally, the commission refuted earlier reports that the strawweight contest had been scrapped.
“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,” the statement read. “The Commission has completed its review and has cleared Ms. Gonzalez to participate in UFC 210.”
Gonzalez vs. Calvillo is scheduled to be the third bout on Saturday’s pay-per-view card, which takes place at the Keybank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. UFC 210 is headlined by a light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.