TUF 26 winner and inaugural UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano is out of her upcoming bantamweight fight versus TUF 28 winner Macy Chiasson.
Montano’s manager, Ricky Kottenstette, confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday
MMA Fighting reports that per Kottenstette, Montano suffered a grade 2 sprain of her MCL in her knee. She recently traveled to the UFC Performance Institute to seek treatement in hopes of remaining on the Alberquerque card.
Montano is not expected to be out for long– they hope with a few more weeks of treatment at the UFC PI a fight can be rebooked.
Montano defeated Roxanne Modafferi in the TUF 26 Finale in 2017 to become the inaugral flyweight champion. She was scheduled to defend the belt for the first time versus current champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 in 2018, but a bad weight cut ended up forcing her to withdraw. Montano subsequently vacated the flyweight belt and moved up to the bantamweight division, where she lost her 135-pound UFC debut to Julianna Pena in July.
Source: Damon Martin, MMA Fighting