Pearl Gonzalez has been cleared to fight at UFC 210 on Saturday, a few hours after the New York State Athletic Commission on Friday morning began a review of her information about her breast implants.
“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, NY,” the commission wrote in an email to Newsday.
In a follow-up email, the commission wrote: “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. The Commission has completed its review and has cleared Ms. Gonzalez to participate in UFC 210.”
According to NYSAC’s medical standards for professional boxers, a document last updated Dec. 9, 2014, before MMA was legalized in March of 2016, the rule reads: “Due to the concern over rupture, boxers who have breast implants are not eligible to box in New York. Boxers who have had breast reduction surgeries are eligible to box.”
NYSAC’s 79-page document on the approved rules for mixed martial arts does not mention any guidelines for fighters with breast implants competing. It is unclear how the rules for boxers are interpreted for MMA fighters.
The governing guidelines for both boxing and MMA can vary from one state commission to the next.
The Chicago-based Gonzalez (6-1) wil make her UFC debut against Cynthia Calvillo (4-0) on the pay-per-view portion of the card at KeyBank Center.
Gonzalez, 30, weighed in at 116 pounds, the limit for a strawweight fight, on Friday morning. Calvillo weighed in at 115.5 pounds for the fight.
Gonzalez was all smiles at the UFC 210 ceremonial weigh-ins Friday afternoon at the KeyBank Center.