It wouldn’t be a UFC event without a couple of high profile fights falling through. Up until this week, the promotion’s debut card at Madison Square Garden had held together remarkably well. But on Wednesday the New York athletic commission pulled Rashad Evans from his fight with Tim Kennedy over issues with a past MRI. And now Donald Cerrone’s fight with Kelvin Gastelum is off after Gastelum didn’t even bother to weigh in.
The whole situation is a confusing mess. If Gastelum had let the UFC know in advance, the fight could have been switched to a catchweight bout. Instead, his camp only revealed there was no way he’d make the weight after Cerrone had already stepped on the scale at 170 pounds. The New York commission has a rule stating fighters must be within seven pounds for a fight to still happen, meaning Kelvin couldn’t even make it down to 177 pounds.