Former UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano has been released by UFC.
The company decided to release Nicco Montano after she missed weight a few days back for her bantamweight fight at UFC on ESPN 28. As a result, she has to miss the fight for the fifth consecutive time. Nicco Montano was set to battle Wu Yunan. However, her weight crossed the 136 pounds weight limit by 7 pounds.
Montana became the inaugural UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion at the Ultimate Fighter Season 26 finale on 1 December 2017 by defeating Roxanne Modafferi. She was set to defend the title against Valentina Shevchenko but was hospitalized after a bad weight cut.
As her weight cut issues continued, Montano shifted to the bantamweight division in 2019, but lost her second and last fight in UFC to Julianna Pena. Following this, five of her fights were canceled due to weight cut issues, injuries and COVID-19. After UFC Vegas 33, the promotion decided to end Montano’s troubled time with UFC.
UFC President Dana White also commented on Nicco Montana’s release. His statement reads, “I think that no matter what weight class you put her at, she seems to have a hard time making weight. This might not be the sport for her.”
On the other hand, Nicco Montano took to her Instagram handle to share a post in which she revealed that she did everything in her power to perform in this fight. However, things didn’t work out for her. She also said, “I’m learning that it’s only making me stronger and more resilient for what’s to come.”