04 Jun, 2020

NYSAC fines Kelvin Gastelum, Rafael Cordeiro, and Corey Anderson actions during UFC 244 fight week

The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has handed out sanctions to three individuals for their actions during UFC 244 fight week.

According to a report from Newsday, UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum ($1,000) and his head coach Rafael Cordeiro ($200) have received fines for their actions during the official weigh-ins. Additionally, light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after his victory over Johnny Walker.

Gastelum and Cordeiro found themselves in the midst of controversy on the morning of Nov. 1. When Gastelum weighed in on the scale for his fight with Darren Till at New York’s Madison Square Garden, he requested a towel. As the commission held the towel, Gastelum raised his arms, but his right elbow appeared to lean on Kings MMA head coach Cordeiro, who was looking over his shoulder. The move was not initially seen by the NYSAC.

Shortly after the conclusion of weigh-ins, the NYSAC issued a statement officials would be investigating the matter. Gastelum’s weigh-in result was considered official and the bout, won by Till via split decision, continued as scheduled.

In Anderson’s case, controversy came immediately after the fight. Emotions ran wild following his upset first-round TKO of rising star Walker in the featured prelim bout.

As referee Kevin MacDonald tried to separate the two fighters and wave off the bout, Anderson charged back towards Walker and shoved MacDonald in the process. From there, Anderson gave dual middle fingers to the MSG crowd and taunted Walker’s corner.

When he spoke to the media after the bout, Anderson apologized for his actions. He reiterated his apology in a tweet issued on fight night.

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