You know what’s got to be frustrating? Having an entire season of TUF devoted to establishing a new female 125-pound weight class and crowning a champ, and then having that champ disappear like a Russian secret agent at an NRA meeting.
Nicco Montano won TUF by beating Roxanne Modafferi, and then POOF! She became a wisp of smoke. Sure, she’s been dealing with injuries, but it kind sucks to have a division with zero activity at the top.
Well, all that’s going to change at UFC 228, because Montano will be facing challenger Valentina Shevchenko.
Yes, the same Shevchenko who very nearly beat bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes for Nunes’ belt.
Yes, Montano is going to get creamed, and we’ll finally have some movement in the female flyweight division.
Here’s the UFC’s official release:
After a stirring run on The Ultimate Fighter that culminated in her being crowned the first women’s flyweight champion in UFC history, Nicco Montano will defend her crown for the first time on September 8, as she battles the No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko in a UFC 228 bout at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Also made official on Wednesday were the following matchups…
In a highly anticipated clash of rising stars in the featherweight division, Zabit Magomedsharipov puts his unbeaten UFC record on the line against Mexico’s Yair Rodriguez.
Strawweight contenders will collide in a pair of intriguing bouts, as Jessica Andrade faces Karolina Kowalkiewicz and the division’s first champion, Carla Esparza, meets Ultimate Fighter winner Tatiana Suarez.
The bantamweights will also take center stage in the “Lone Star State” this September, with Aljamain Sterling squaring off against Cody Stamann while Jimmie Rivera battles John Dodson.