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Yoel Romero suspended 60 days by NYSAC for leaving cage after beating Chris Weidman

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Yoel Romero's celebration was unfit for the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).

The UFC middleweight has been suspended 60 days by the NYSAC after he hopped the cage after defeating Chris Weidman by third-round knockout at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden, per New York State Department spokesperson Laz Benitez.

Romero jumped over the Octagon in adulation, did a soldier's march around the outside perimeter of the cage, and then entered back in for Bruce Buffer to reach the official results.

Exiting the fighting area before the bout is officially over is prohibited by the New York commission. Romero will be eligible to return to action Jan. 12, 2017.

The NYSAC also hit Kelvin Gastelum and Thiago Alves with suspensions for missing weight prior to UFC 205, which are a rarity in other commissions across the country.

Gastelum was banned for six months and is currently appealing after he did not show up to the weigh-ins at all. Alves was suspended three months after missing by 6.6 pounds. Alves did end up competing at UFC 205, losing a unanimous decision to Jim Miller.

Romero (13-1) likely earned a middleweight title shot by beating Weidman, the former champ. That potential matchup with champion Michael Bisping probably will not happen until after January anyway.

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