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Kelvin Gastelum Handed Lengthy Suspension For Failing To Show At UFC 205 Weigh-In

Kelvin Gastelum’s failure to make the welterweight limit ahead of UFC 205 and a scheduled bout with Donald Cerrone marked the third time that the American fighter has done so since making the drop to 170lbs following a winning run on as a middleweight on The Ultimate Fighter 17.

After his last miss, before a bout with Tyron Woodley at UFC 183, the promotion forced Gastelum up to 185lbs, but he dropped back down thereafter to face Neil Magny at a Fight Night event in Mexico. Ahead of that bout, Gastelum had the help of nutritionist George Lockhart, who had actually been paid for by UFC president Dana White.

The promotion could have taken a more heavy-handed approach and slapped Gastelum with additional fines and what not but instead UFC officials offered support.

However, the New York State Athletic Commission have taken a less tolerant stance towards Gastelum’s mishaps, although it was his failure to even show at the UFC 205 weigh-in that seems to have drawn the ire of the NYSAC.

According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the commission have slapped Gastelum with a six-month suspension for not stepping atop the scales on the Friday morning before the bout.

Update: Okamoto also stated that Gastelum’s team plan on appealing the decision, as the fighter hopes to replace Rashad Evans opposite Tim Kennedy at UFC 206. Evans was unable to get clearance to fight at the Toronto event from the Ontario Athletic Commission.

However, per Ariel Helwani, Gastelum intends to return to 170lbs after that fight.

It will be interesting to see if Gastelum is permitted to do so, as UFC president Dana White told Fox Sports on November 11th that he would never allow the 25-year-old to sign for a fight at 170lbs again.

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Author: The PA Team

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