The UFC breast implant fiasco has had a happy ending as Pearl Gonzalez cleared to fight
We are getting ahead of ourselves slightly here. Pearl Gonzalez is not a UFC fighter... yet.
On Saturday night in Buffalo, Gonzalez is set to fight fellow straw-weight Cynthia Calvillo on the main card of UFC 210.
All that was thrown into doubt, earlier today, when the New York State Athletic Commission informed her she would not be able to fight because she had breast implants.
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) April 7, 2017
The 30-year-old was coming into UFC 210 for her debut after a six-fight winning streak and she was beyond gutted when the news was broken to her.
Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who has implants, fought at UFC 205 in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last November so many pundits and fans were hoping for a rule reversal.
Well, we're happy to say that there has been:
STOP listening to web sites and whoever. If u don't hear it from us it's probably not true. THIS FIGHT IS ON!!!! pic.twitter.com/tnbzWyAz5w
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 7, 2017
While UFC president Dana White - a man who once said Anderson Silva would NOT fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, minutes before the promotion officially announced it - is prone to bombastic statements, his latest is on the money.
Leading MMA reporter Ariel Helwani cleared up the confusion:
Gonzalez said the UFC got the commission in touch with her doctor to get her cleared.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 7, 2017
Dramas done for one day - and there were certainly enough - Gonzalez can now get some fluids back in, weight back on and get ready for her big debut.
Y ahora, una bonita postal... Pearl Gonzalez, peleadora del UFC. pic.twitter.com/2vulXnOocp
— Fighters Magazine (@FightersMagz) April 7, 2017