Maybe there’s a creature called “Bigfoot” out there, terrorizing campers while he steals their food. And maybe there’s an aquatic dinosaur just chilling in a Scottish loch, stoking the fires of speculation among drunk locals. But a UFC female flyweight champ? No way. That’s a myth.
At least, that’s what you’d be led to believe if you watched that entire season of TUF devoted to crowning a 125-pound champ, watched Nicco Montano win it, and then saw her disappear into the mists. Because that was pretty much what she did. After taking the decision over Roxanne Modafferi at a TUF finale last December, Montano ghosted us like she had somewhere more important to be, and we were left scratching our heads over a division with a bunch of ladies eager to challenge for a belt that pretty much belonged to Kaiser Soze.
Thankfully, UFC 228 will see Montano reappear to face Valentina Shevchenko, and based on what Shevchenko has show us in her time with the strawweights, she could very well be the champ – one that actually defends her belt on a regular basis.
Here’s a little vid the UFC has released to drum up some interest in the Montano fight. You can bet that everyone in the organization is hoping Shevchenko wins, because screw this holding-up-the-entire-division crap.