After there were reports her UFC debut had been canceled, Pearl Gonzalez now says, "I’m going to show the world that not only do I have breast implants, but I am a talented fighter." TMZ first reported on April 7, the day before UFC 210 in Buffalo, that the New York State Athletic Commission, had pulled Pearl Gonzalez, 30, from her bout with Cynthia Calvillo. The NYSACA's rules say, "Due to the concern over rupture, boxers who have breast implants are not eligible to box in New York." Gonzalez, 30, had been due to make her UFC debut in the fight. White said in a tweet, "STOP listening to web sites and whoever. If u don't hear it from us it's probably not true. THIS FIGHT IS ON!!!!" The NYSAC has confirmed the fight will go ahead saying, "The Commission has completed its review and has cleared Ms. Gonzalez to participate in UFC 210." Later, the authorities elaborated saying that Gonzalez had never been pulled from the fight but that a review was taking place.
Speaking to the media after breast implant-gate appeared to be over, Gonzalez was quoted by MMA Junkie as saying, "I don’t think I wanted the world to know about my surgery and to be talked about like this. I have worked very hard to show how talented I am. I have a lot to bring to this division, and that’s what I would like to be known for. All media is good media, so I’m going to ride this wave, and if this makes my fight bigger and gets my name out there, I’m going to ride it. I’m going to win tomorrow night, and I’m going to show the world that not only do I have breast implants, but I am a talented fighter."
Prior to the breast implant controversy, Gonzalez had told MMA Junkie, "I would love a knockout. That would be fun. I’d also love, maybe, a couple of cuts – make it a bloody fight. That would be really fun, too."
Gonzalez also explained about the circumstances leading to her debut saying, "We were training and getting ready for the debut, and then we got the call that we were going to be on (UFC 210). I was like, ‘All right.’ I was excited. Then they were like, ‘Main card.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ It took me a couple minutes to kind of process that, but I am so excited. I’m so grateful – I’m so blessed to be here." Gonzalez added that she has been "preparing [for the fight] for the last four years. I'm so ready to be here."
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