Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.
Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.
Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.
You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.
Here’s MMAFighting with the news:
UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.
White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”
“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”