Corey Anderson has been fined by the New York State Athletic Commission following his win at UFC 244.
The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has a reputation for being very strict. The UFC visited New York City this past weekend for a huge Pay-Per-View card in Madison Square Garden. As it has before, the NYSAC had its hands full with a few issues, both at weigh-ins and fight night. The outcome has left two fighters having been fined. The most significant fine was handed to light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson.
Anderson was fined $10,000 for his antics following his win at UFC 244. While awaiting the announcer to call his name following his first-round TKO of Johnnie Walker, Anderson taunted Walker. Anderson was visibly emotional and began to dance and drop to the mat to mock his opponent. This action brought on the punishment of “unsportsmanlike and disorderly conduct” according to MMAFighting.com. Anderson also made contact with an official at the conclusion of the fight and therefore has received the maximum fine.
There had been taunting leading up to the fight from Walker and following the win, Anderson decided to return the favor. While talking with media in his backstage interview, Anderson apologized for his actions, although he would stick by the words he said in his post-fight in-cage interview. This fight was highly regarded as a possible title contender fight, and although Anderson showed his skill in the cage, his actions and words after were not received well by UFC president Dana White.
Kelvin Gastelum was also fined for his weigh-in misconduct. During the official weigh-ins, Gastelum appeared to lean an elbow on his coach Rafael Cordeiro. The footage was reviewed and Gastelum was fined $1000 for the contact with his coach. Cordeiro was fined $200 for his role in the ordeal.
Both fighters will be suspended until the complete amount of the fines are paid off.