UFC releases first women flyweight champion, Nicco Montano
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has split from its first women’s flyweight champion, Nicco Montano. MMAFighting brought the news on Tuesday.
The news comes after UFC President Dana White criticized Montano’s efforts to gain weight and withdraw from multiple fights. Most recently, Montano was seven pounds overweight for her scheduled UFC Vegas 33 game against Wu Yanan. Due to the weight discrepancy, the battle has been removed from the battle map.
“I can’t get it out of my head, but over three or four of their fights have been canceled,” White said in an interview with MMAJunkie. “I think no matter what weight class you put her in, she seems to have a hard time maintaining weight. Maybe that’s not the sport for them. “
Dana White reacts to Nicco Montaño being seven pounds overweight in her wrecked fight against Wu Yanan and her future.
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Montano appeared The Ultimate Fighter 26: A new world champion in 2017 and made it to the finals to crown the first ever women’s flyweight champion. She defeated Roxanne Modafferi unanimously in December 2017 to win the £ 125 title. After that, she only fought one more time in promotion.
Eight times in the past four years, the combat action has helped cancel or postpone a fight for Montano. The rejection was attributed to Montano or her team six times. Three of the six were due to weight loss problems. She failed to gain weight in two different weight classes.
Montano last fought in July 2019 and lost unanimously to Julianna Pena.