Late Friday afternoon, it was revealed that Pearl Gonzalez was in actuality medically cleared to fight in UFC 21o on Saturday.
Pearl Gonzalez was all smiles following her UFC weigh-in on Friday morning. The 30-year-old fighter, who had a 6-1 record in MMA bouts prior, had worked tirelessly to cut weight to make her UFC debut at UFC 210 Saturday night in a strawweight match-up against Cynthia Calvillo.
But even though she made weight for the fight, Gonzalez was pulled from the card all because of her breast implants.
According to the New York State Athletic Commission, females fighters are apparently not allowed to compete with implants in New York, though before the incident involving Gonzalez, there were instances where fighters with implants were in fact permitted inside the Octagon.
It’s unclear why officials waited until the last possible minute to inform Gonzalez of the violation, but it remains a crushing blow for the MMA star.
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I made it.. 115.0!!! Lord knows the focus, the time, the dedication, the sacrifice I have put into these past 12 weeks. This is the last part of this goal! I sacrifice my life, my family for my dreams and I can only do this with the support of my team, my sponsors, my family and you!! Thank you all for the love and support. I could not live WITHOUT this dream! #Blessed #TheGoodLife #PG #PearlGonzalez #FightCamp #TunnelVision #Focused #Determination #TheDreamTeam #TeamworkMakesTheDreamWork #TeamGonzalez #HFC #HorseshoeCasino #WMMA #FF #Fighter #115 #Strawweight #HoosierFightClub #FighterGirl #FightWeek #JuniorsBar #MikeNewberry #OutputChicago #Hayabusa #4Life #SaveWaveEnergy #InfiniteRiches
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"I didn't come this far, to only come this far." 10 years ago I was over weight, out of shape, confused and depressed. I wasn't sure where my life would go, who I would become or if there were even opportunities to change. I just knew I wanted to be better, I wanted to be happy, I wanted to see the world outside of my neighborhood. So I made the decision to change. I made the decision to attempt to try something other than what I was doing. I got back in the gym, went back to training, I started listening to audios and reading self help books. I started eating healthier, I began to surround myself around role models. I created focus boards and wrote affirmations. I hung magazine pics all over my apt. And I would dream… Over and over, hundreds of thousands of… DREAMS! I didn't know if I would ever make it, I didn't know if my dreams were realistic. I would fail over and over. It wasn't a quick sprint. It was years, days, minutes of retraining my brain, of trial and error. It's been a long and slow marathon I have yet to finish. TODAY, I have created the life of my dreams. I have manifested my accomplishments. I am surrounded by like minded and driven people. I have found patience, love and happiness. TODAY, I can look myself in the mirror and truly appreciate and love ME. All of my flaws and imperfections.. I Love the person I am and the woman I have yet to become. I am so blessed for every single experience be good or bad, wrong or right that I've faced. Am I content, NEVER.. But I am grateful for this journey. I am no different from another. I decided to use my circumstances and mistakes as fuel to be better. You too can do the same. And if you don't know, PEARL GONZALEZ is my name! 💋 Amazing photo by: Donte Tatum #PearlGonzalez #PG #TeamGonzalez