Anderson, Gastelum Fined By NYSAC Following UFC 244
It was only a matter of time until those competing at UFC 244 in New York felt the wrath of the New York State Athletic Commission. Three people, two fighters and one coach, were fined by the commission.
Both Kelvin Gastelum and his trainer Rafael Cordeiro were fined for their part in the weigh-in’s last Friday morning. Gastelum (15-5, 1NC) stood on the scale while two commission members held up a towel for him. Told to put his hands by his side, Gastelum had both arms bent, connecting with his trainer who was behind him. Weighing 184 lbs for the bout against Darren Till, it was determined that the connection was enough to affect the scale. Gastelum ended up losing the bout via split decision.
Gastelum was fined $1,000 while Cordeiro was fined $200.
Another fighter who was fined was Corey Anderson. The 30-year-old Anderson (13-4) was hit with a maximum amount of $10,000 for unsportsmanlike and disorderly conduct. Following his TKO-win over Johnny Walker during the prelims, Anderson was emotional, yelling over the beaten Walker. When referee Kevin MacDonald went to hold him back, Anderson pushed the official.
Gastelum’s coach is denying any wrongdoing. Anderson has since apologized to Walker, the fans and the UFC.