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NYSAC gives Kelvin Gastelum six-month administrative suspension for missing weigh-ins

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Not weighing in before UFC 205 might be more costly than originally thought for Kelvin Gastelum.

The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has administratively suspended Gastelum for six months because he did not attend the weigh-ins Nov. 11 before UFC 205, per New York State Department spokesperson Laz Benitez. Gastelum was supposed to face Donald Cerrone on the card at Madison Square Garden, but had issues with his weight cut and did not weigh-in at all. The bout was called off.

An administrative suspension is different from a typical commission suspension in that it does not have to be reciprocated by other jurisdictions. So, Gastelum is definitely unable to compete in New York over the next six months, but other commissions can allow him to fight.

Gastelum has not been suspended across the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) database, sources told MMA Fighting.

The UFC is looking at booking Gastelum against Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Gastelum's team told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. That prospective fight would take place at middleweight, up from the 170 pounds that Gastelum was supposed to fight at versus Cerrone earlier this month. Gastelum's team told Helwani that he'll be back to 170 after the one fight at 185.

The NYSAC suspension should not necessarily affect Gastelum fighting in Toronto, unless the Ontario commission upholds the New York suspension. It would be the Ontario commission's call.

Kennedy was supposed to face Rashad Evans at UFC 205 and then UFC 206, but Evans was unable to get licensed from both commissions due to issues with his medicals.