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Midnight Mania! NYSAC claims it pulled Jessica Aguilar for ‘potentially contagious’ condition

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The NYSAC says they pulled Jessica Aguilar from her fight Friday for a “potentially contagious” condition, via

“Medical personnel identified a potentially contagious medical condition,” read the NYSAC statement, via New York State Department of State spokesperson Lee Park. “For the safety of the impacted fighter and her opponent, the fight was called off. UFC medical personnel were also consulted and concurred with the decision.”

Aguilar contended that she had consulted with a dermatologist who cleared her AFTER the weigh-ins Thursday ... but that wasn’t good enough for the commission.

When asked about a doctor’s initial clearance of Aguilar, Park relayed that Aguilar’s condition “worsened overnight.”

“The reason the fight was canceled was because of the fighter’s condition on Friday,” Park wrote in an e-mail.

Her manager Abe Kawa appeared on the MMA Hour and said the UFC will take care of her, because this is her second fight in a row that was scrapped. He also said she got two tests and had a third one scheduled Monday (today).

“I do think that New York is going to get it right eventually,” Kawa said of the commission that just began regulating MMA in 2016. “I just think there’s certain people that are there right now that don’t understand what they’re doing, honestly. Not even the sport, just what they’re doing in general. It’s shameful, man. It’s shameful. Jessica didn’t deserve that. She deserved to be able to go out there and fight.”

“It is the worst way that I can think of, of telling a fighter they can’t fight,” Kawa said. “If you thought a fighter has something and you just sent them to a doctor that’s just a random doctor in the city that you’re in and you’re basically saying that doctor’s word is no longer good, I don’t know what we could have done to make this better.”

The decision is just the latest in a long line of bizarre decisions and outright missteps from a commission new to the sport, including pulling Max Holloway from his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, nearly refusing to let Pearl Gonzalez fight with breast implants, sending Ashley Yoder to a local hospital instead of allowing her to be treated on site after her fight in Albany, etc.


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