UFC 244 has come and gone. A lot of money was made but some was lost… specifically on the fighters’ sides as two received fines from the NYSAC.
At UFC 244 this past Saturday, Kelvin Gastelum competed opposite Darren Till in the evening’s co-main event. Despite there being controversy potentially following Till who was late to fight week due to visa issues, Gastelum created some of his own on weigh-in day.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 17 winner was the last to weigh in among the 24 fighters on the card during the preceding Friday morning.
As the clock was winding down with roughly five minutes remaining to check his weight, Gastelum appeared and immediately called for the towel. As he approached the scale, his head coach at King’s MMA, Rafael Cordeiro, followed him.
With the towel hiding the nude body of Gastelum, Cordeiro would seemingly act as the shoulder to lean on for Gastelum in his time of need… literally and figuratively. Gastelum would make contact with his coach by resting his elbow on his shoulder. Thus resulting in him weighing in at 184 pounds even.
— Mike Heck (@MikeHeck_JR) November 1, 2019
As of Friday, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has handed out fines to both Gastelum and Cordeiro according to MMA Fighting. Gastelum’s being for $1,000 while Cordeiro’s being $200.
They weren’t the only ones to receive fines from the event, however.
Competing in the lone light heavyweight contest of the night was a top-ranked contender in another TUF winner, Corey Anderson.
While Gastelum and Cordeiro received rather small fines for their UFC 244 antics from the NYSAC, Anderson would end up losing out on the most cash possible as he was handed a fine of $10,000 for “unsportsmanlike and disorderly conduct.” According to officials, Anderson appeared to push the referee immediately following his big first-round TKO win of Johnny Walker.
Indefinite suspensions accompany the fines until they’re paid in full.
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The Scrap’s Drake Riggs is an MMA writer and YouTuber based out of Brush Prairie, Washington who specializes in feature pieces, the women’s fight scene, lists, news coverage, and rankings. Riggs has been a passionate MMA fan since 2009 and has written for various news sources. You can follow him on Twitter (@Dre_Kriggs).