Dana White says Nicco Montaño has been stripped of flyweight title

According to UFC President Dana White, the women’s flyweight championship is now vacant.

Nicco Montano, who won the flyweight title after winning TUF 26, was scheduled to make her first title defense versus former bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko Saturday night at UFC 228.

Friday morning, right before the official weigh-ins, reports surfaced that Montano was transported to a local medical facility due to kidney-related issues while cutting weight. The bout was later officially cancelled.

In an FS1 UFC interview, White told Olivi that the belt has been vacated and he plans to schedule Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight title match: “The belt becomes vacated. The title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title so we are in the process right now of trying to make another fight. Some interesting before the end of the year.”

Check out his full comments below.


Fight fans, do you agree with this decision?

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  1. In the famous words of Nick and Nate Diaz, “I ain’t surprised mother_ _ _ _ _ _”. Now the UFC’S Women’s Flyweight division can get moving with actual title fights and fights that lead to earning a title fight. So now we can get to see Valentina Shevchenko fighting for the actual title against maybe Eubanks or Chookagian. And we get to see maybe a Katlyn Chookagian vs Alexis Davis, a Roxanne Modafferi vs Liz Carmouche, fights that lead to something. Let Nicco Montano get healthy and come back and fight someone like Jessica Eye, who is something like 12-1 when she fights at Flyweight. I do hope Valentina Shevchenko is going to get paid for showing up and making weight.

    1. Personally, as mentioned below, I’d like to see Sijara and Nicco face off for the right to challenge for the title. This is the fight that was originally suppose to determine the champion and they both find themselves in this situation for the same reason, poor weight management. in the meantime, the UFC is faced with an interesting dilemma. The top contenders have all seemed to have beat one another. Liz Carmouche has beaten Katlyn, Sijara, and Invicta’s flyweight champ, Maia, and many years ago, Valentina, but lost a narrow decision to .Alexis. While beating Liz, Alexis lost to atlyn. What a merry-go-round. Given Liz’s victories, including a nearly prehistoric and questionable one over Valentina, I would give her the opportunity to challenge for the title.

      It doesn’t really matter. I think on any given night any one of them could beat the other, but given they were all in the bottom top 10 at 135 and Valentina was nearly at the top, Valentina would have little trouble with any of them.

  2. I really don’t agree with the decision in that it was based on a medical problem. If Montaño was not defending the title, that would have been a good reason. Sounds as if the UFC wanted to vacate but the title but was unwilling to do so.

    1. It was a medical problem brought on by mismanagement of her weight cut. It’s not like she took this fight on short notice like Max Holloway. Sijara lost her opportunity to fight for the title for the same reason. The UFC should have the two of them fight with the winner, and the fighter to make weight, gets to challenge for the title.

    2. no controversy about it. if a champion fails to weigh-in or make the weight limit they forfeit the belt. even if they fight they are ineligible to win the belt. this happens all the time.

  3. Sure Donnie, you much rather see her keep holding to that title even longer having one medical reason after another medical reason without defending it since she won it December 1, 2017.

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