Gonzalez was slated to fight Cynthia Calvillo, but the New York State Athletic Commission has blocked her from entering the Octagon because of her plastic surgery choices. The state does not allow boxers or fighters with implants to compete due to concerns over potential ruptures. The news came down after weigh-ins were completed. Gonzalez (6-1) and Calvillo (4-0) were set to do battle in a strawweight bout.
The 30-year-old Gonzalez apparently passed all her physicals before heading to Buffalo for the event, but for some reason this was dropped on her at the last minute. Why couldn’t this have been handled weeks ago? The UFC should have known the NYSAC’s rules, and the NYSAC should have known her medical history and made a determination before the fight was approved.
Still, if Gonzalez knows the risks involved and she wants to fight, isn’t there some kind of waiver she could sign or something? Clearly she knows that having implants while being a fighter is a risk, but she’s fine with it.
UPDATE: UFC president Dana White now says the fight is back on:
The NYSAC then released a statement:
“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, New York.”
So Gonzalez and Calvillo will be facing off Saturday night. In preparation for that, you can see more of Gonzalez on the next page.