It’s easy to forget what happened on any given season of The Ultimate Fighter. After all, there have been about two billion of them.

But what if that particular season crowned a champion in a new UFC division?

It seems like maybe forgetting about that champ would be harder to do… so congrats to TUF 26 winner and inaugural women’s flyweight champ Nicco Montano for pulling off the impossible.

Montano beat Roxanne Modafferi at the TUF 26 Finale and was crowned queen of an entirely new weight class. Then the Navajo warrior fell off the face of the Earth. What the heck happened?

According to Montano, tons and tons of health issues. Yikes.

4/24/18 This is where you should be getting your resources. #Repost @ndnsports with @get_repost ・・・ Fight Status Update from UFC Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano (Navajo): “I’ve been working on keeping an optimistic mindset through my chronic bacterial infection. It’s been keeping me out of the gym 2 weeks at a time. So I did blood work to make sure my system wasn’t crashing…and everything looked healthy, however my immune system is its own thang and is total crap right now, and has been for the whole year. It’s most likely due to a number of things, 4 weight cuts in 4 months is one. My birth control was another, so first thing I did was take out my implant. Second thing I’m going to do is remove my tonsils since my body randomly started rejecting them, however due to my immune system failing I currently have a respiratory infection and might not be able to undergo the surgery anytime soon. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been sick with streptococcus, flu, ear infections, sinus infections, and now this. All I want to do is train, that’s all I know! If you watched The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 or been around me in training, you know how hard I work, so being off the mats for weeks on end is not part of my regimen. I’m letting y’all know so I can stop getting asked when my next fight is. I clearly would love to get back in the octagon, but I’ve got to handle my battles one at a time.” #NativeAthlete #Navajo #UFC #TheChamp #GetWellSoon

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