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Cynthia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez back on for UFC 210

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A women’s strawweight fight between Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez is on for Saturday’s UFC 210.

After the bout was thrown into question this morning at the event’s official weigh-ins, UFC President Dana White tweeted, “STOP listening to web sites and whoever. If u don’t hear it from us it’s probably not true. THIS FIGHT IS ON!!!!”

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 reportedly 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.

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 (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) UFC debut while Calvillo (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is making a quick turnaround after a successful debut at UFC 209 in March.

For more on UFC 210, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.



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