NEW YORK — Donald Cerrone lost a high-profile opponent last month and now he won't be able to fight at all this weekend at Madison Square Garden.
Kelvin Gastelum was unable to make weight Friday and his fight with Cerrone was pulled off the UFC 205 card, which is set for Saturday night. It's the first-ever UFC card in New York City. The two were supposed to meet in a key welterweight contest.
Cerrone hit 170.4 here at the Affinia Manhattan, but found out later that Gastelum would not be able to hit the welterweight mark. Gastelum, who has a history of weight struggles, did not weigh-in Friday at all.
The strange thing about the situation is that if Cerrone knew Gastelum was not on weight, he could have begun rehydrating so the two men could have been seven pounds or fewer apart. That would have allowed the fight go on, per New York State Athletic Commission rules (http://www.dos.ny.gov/athletic/pdfs/rule%20text%20%20final.pdf). But "Cowboy" weighed in first, not knowing Gastelum was far off.
I will not be fighting @Cowboycerrone 2morrow on account that I couldn't make the wght limit. I apologize 2 cowboy ure a legend. God bless.— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 11, 2016
I'm sorry to My team, my friends and the ppl that genuinely care for me. Extremely dissapointed I will have to reevaluate things in my life.— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 11, 2016
No one is perfect. We all have bad days but I promise it will not happen again. I will comeback stronger like I have before. Until next time— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 11, 2016
Cerrone was initially supposed to fight former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on this card, but Lawler withdrew due to injury concerns. UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler said "Cowboy" would be booked as soon as possible on a future card.
Ronaldo Souza and Tim Kennedy both weighed in Friday here, but only as alternates. "Jacare" had an agreement with the UFC to compete if either Chris Weidman or Yoel Romero fell off the card. Kennedy was supposed to face Rashad Evans on the card, but Evans was unable to get a license due to an issue with his MRI.
Kennedy and Evans have been re-booked for UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto. They both will receive show money for UFC 205, per Sholler. "Jacare" also will get paid for his duty as an alternate.