Tim Kennedy Draws Suspended Kelvin Gastelum for UFC 206

Let’s try this again. Tim Kennedy has drawn Kelvin Gastelum in an attempt to remain on the UFC 206 fight card slated for Dec. 10 in Toronto.

The one catch? Gastelum is currently under a six-month suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission for failing to appear at the UFC 205 weigh-in when he knew he would be grossly overweight. Gastelum and his team are appealing the suspension, but UFC officials made a bold move to announce the match-up in the midst of the appeal process.

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Upon announcing the fight during the UFC Fight Night 101 telecast on FS1, officials were clear to note that the Kennedy vs. Gastelum bout was “pending commission approval.”

Tim-Kennedy-Strikeforce-Ohio-7512-478x270It’s been a bumpy road back to the Octagon for Kennedy, who was first scheduled to fight Rashad Evans in a middleweight bout at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden. As the two men were flying to New York during fight week, however, the NYSAC declined to license Evans due to concerns over his MRI results. 

UFC officials attempted to rebook the fight for UFC 206, but the Ontario commission also refused to issue Evans a license

Now company officials are counting on a successful appeal by Gastelum’s camp in New York and the subsequent approval of Ontario in order for the Kennedy vs. Gastelum fight to come to fruition.

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Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson 2 Pulled From UFC 206

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Daniel Cormier Pulls Out Of UFC 206 Main Event They just can’t catch a break. The UFC lost yet another high-profile match, as it was announced on Friday that the scheduled main event between Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 206 in just over two weeks has been cancelled. Cormier, the reigning UFC 205-pound champion who defeated Rumble to win the title in their first fight at UFC 187, was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury, leaving Rumble Johnson without an opponent for the December 10th pay-per-view in Toronto. The Canadian Curse continues, as another event has virtually lost all of its’ luster. Initially the hope was that a Georges St-Pierre return could be put together for the show, however the negotiations ended up falling flat. Additionally, the UFC 206 fight card, which goes down from the Air Canada Centre and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view, lost its’ co-main event, as the Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy 185-pound fight that was originally scheduled for UFC 205 in New York City was scrapped for the second time in a row due to Evans’ health issues. According to various reports, the hope right now is that UFC will be able to find someone to replace D.C. against Rumble, who they are attempting to keep on the card, likely in the main event spot if a worthy opponent that can weigh 205-pounds on 12/9 emerges. Join us here on 12/10 for live round-by-round results coverage of the UFC 206 pay-per-view.

Video: UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson Weigh-Ins From Melbourne, Australia

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https://youtu.be/nKzp8VCBAag On Friday, while likely starving themselves “Down Under” on Thanksgiving just 24-hours earlier, the official weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 101 were held for Saturday’s event. Featured above is the video player needed to access the live stream, scheduled to begin at 7pm EST. / 4pm PST. from Melbourne, Australia, as well as the complete video archive once the ceremonial weigh-ins conclude. Make sure to join us here at MMANews.com on Saturday evening for a recap of the UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson event.

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Watch the UFC Fight Night 101 “Whittaker vs. Brunson” Q&A at 7:45 p.m. ET featuring Miesha Tate, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ross Pearson.

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Weigh-in Video: UFC Fight Night 101 ‘Whittaker vs. Brunson’

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