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Kelvin Gastelum appealing NYSAC suspension

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Kelvin Gastelum's suspension will extend to other jurisdictions after all.

The UFC fighter was administratively suspended for six months by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) after missing the UFC 205 weigh-ins earlier this month. Initially, Gastelum was not suspended across the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) database, meaning he could have fought in other ABC jurisdictions.

But the suspension was added to the database Tuesday, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting. ESPN's Brett Okamoto was the first to report the news.

Gastelum is appealing the ban with the NYSAC, his team told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Tuesday.

Missing weight carries a mandatory suspension in New York, evidently. This is a new experience for the UFC and its fighters since UFC 205 was the first MMA show to be regulated in the state after the sport was legalized there in April.

Gastelum has verbally agreed to fight against Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto. But the Ontario Athletic Commission is part of the ABC and would honor a suspension on the database, meaning Gastelum would not be eligible to fight on that date.

Kennedy's initial opponent was Rashad Evans, who was unable to get licensed to fight in New York or Toronto due to an issue with his MRI.

Gastelum would have fought Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York, but he had issues cutting weight and the bout was canceled. The bout with Kennedy would take place at middleweight, while the Cerrone fight was a welterweight contest.

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