NYSAC Suspends Yoel Romero Six Months
As per MMAFighting.com, UFC middleweight title contender Yoel Romero has been suspended six months for his actions at UFC 205.
After his victory over Chris Weidman, Romero jumped over the fence of the octagon and walked around the perimeter of the structure before returning to the center. Though many fighters, notably Conor McGregor have done so and not been punished, the New York Stare Athletic Commission is doing things differently. According to the organization, leaving the octagon is strictly prohibited and they’re enforcing the rule.
Romero will serve this suspension starting from the date of the incident which will allow him to return on January 12, 2017. It shouldn’t effect a potential 2017 fight with Michael Bipsing, as the champion has said he wouldn’t be fighting Romero until the spring.
The NYSAC has been strict following this inaugural event in terms of handing out suspensions. This week alone, two fighters from UFC 205, Kelvin Gastelum and Thiago Alves, have been suspended six and three months respectively for failing to make weight. While Gastelum was unable to weigh in at all and was forced to withdraw, Alves weighed in over and fought at a catchweight, though he will still be punished.
UFC has yet to comment as of press time.