Kelvin Gastelum is good to go for Toronto.
Gastelum was suspended six months for not showing up to weigh-ins before UFC 205 in New York, but the commission and Gastelum settled on a $2,000 fine instead prior to an appeal hearing, per New York State Department spokesperson Laz Benitez.
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported the news earlier Tuesday.
The UFC announced Gastelum vs. Kennedy on the UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast on FS1, but it was pending commission approval. Gastelum is now officially eligible.
Gastelum, 25, was supposed to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 on Nov. 12. He struggled with his weight cut and did not come to the official weigh-ins Nov. 11. The fight was called off. Per NYSAC rule, Gastelum was then surprisingly suspended pending an appeal. Suspending fighters for missing weight is not done by any other commission.
The fight with Cerrone was going to be at welterweight. Gastelum has a history of issues cutting to that division. His bout with Kennedy in Toronto will be at middleweight.
Kennedy, coincidentally, was also supposed to compete at UFC 205. His opponent, Rashad Evans, could not get licensed by the NYSAC due to medical reasons. Kennedy vs. Evans was rebooked for UFC 206, but the Ontario Athletic Commission would also not license Evans.