Last Friday at UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica, New York, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) canceled a strawweight bout between Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel just hours before they were set to scrap. The decision to pull Aguilar from the card was met with much controversy when the reason for her removal was due to “chapped lips.”
The former WSOF strawweight champion and her team at American Top Team responded to the ‘heartbreaking’ news when the fight was initially pulled. It marked the second fight in a row for Aguilar that was called off– the first being her scheduled bout with Livia Renata Souza being cancelled due to a Souza hand injury.
Now, the NYSAC providing details as to why they made the decision to call off the lone strawweight bout on the card. Lee Park, a New York State Department of State spokesperson, released a statement first reported by MMA Fighting that read, “Medical personnel identified a potentially contagious medical condition. For the safety of the impacted fighter and her opponent, the fight was called off. UFC medical personnel were also consulted and concurred with the decision.”
Aguilar responded via Instagram, “The commission had a concern regarding my lips and my use of chapstick during the physical exam prior to weigh-ins so they requested that I be cleared by a dermatologist,” Aguilar wrote on Instagram. “So right after weigh-ins, the commission rush me to get clearance which I was granted by the dermatologist. But tonight, at the arena, the commission struck again and canceled the fight. You can’t reason with this commission, it kinda felted personal.”
Aguilar and Esquibel have commented that they would like for the bout to be rebooked as soon as possible.
MMA Fighting reports that the UFC declined to comment via a spokesperson on Monday.