New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has piled on Kelvin Gastelum, suspending the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight fighter for six months because he no-showed the weigh-in event for UFC 205, which took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 2016.
Check that: Former UFC Welterweight after company President Dana White bumped him up to Middleweight (again) after missing weight for his 170-pound fist-fight fiesta with Donald Cerrone. Nonetheless, according to a report from ESPN.com, Gastelum was expected to step on the scale even though he was pulled from the historic pay-per-view (PPV) event after revealing that he was 10 pounds too heavy.
It's worth noting that Thiago Alves also missed his mark for UFC 205, but he appeared at the weigh-in and actually stepped on the scale (and was suspended just three months). That appears to be the difference in the eyes of NYSAC, which just this year began to regulate MMA in "The Empire State" after a 23-year ban. It is the first time that a UFC fighter has been suspended by an athletic commission for failing to make weight.
Gastelum's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, intends to appeal the decision so that he can be eligible for a 185-pound fight opposite Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 on Dec. 10, 2016, inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. UFC is currently searching for a replacement opponent to fight Kennedy after Rashad Evans was once again denied a license to compete because of a medical issue.
Per Kelvin Gastelum's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, they will appeal his 6-month suspension in NY. Want this cleared in time for Kennedy at 206.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 21, 2016
Most athletic commissions, even those outside of the United States, honor suspensions and punishments levied within other jurisdictions. In other words, without a successful appeal, UFC would essentially have to cut through some red tape if it really wanted Gastelum to fight Kennedy. And at this point, it doesn't appear that UFC would be willing to do any extra legwork to ensure Gastelum gets special treatment and/or considerations after his latest gaffe.