Injury forces Nicco Montano out of this Saturday’s UFC Rio Rancho fight against Macy Chiasson

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

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4 comments

  1. Nicco, expect to be cut soon, you’ve disappointed everyone in wmma, fans and fighters and promoters. you have a glass body, or are very unlucky.

      1. really? she pulled out of a card, and was a fight night low rank card anyway, wonder what’s gonna happen w her. she has gotten nothing done in years.
        this is copied from wikipedia. 2 mishaps in 2018, 1 each last year and this year. she is a promotional time bomb waiting to blow up her spot on the card, at worst canceling her oppo’s fight, at best causing a last minute replacement who will have that disadvantage
        I like Nicco. she is beautiful, and i dig her background story. but she’s made a disaster of it since

        Montaño was scheduled to face Valentina Shevchenko on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228.[16] However, prior to the weigh-ins for the event, Montaño was transported to a hospital due to the effects of weight cutting and the bout was cancelled.[17] Montaño was subsequently stripped of the UFC Women Flyweight title.[18]

        It was reported that on April 23, 2019, Montaño was suspended by USADA for 6 months for tested positive for ostarine from an out-of-competition test conducted on October 25, 2018. Suspension retroactive from November 15, 2018. She is eligible to fight again in May 15, 2019.[19]

        Montaño was expected to face Sara McMann in a bantamweight bout on July 13, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 13.[20] However, McMann pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Julianna Peña.[21] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

        Montaño was scheduled to face Macy Chiasson on February 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 167.[23] However, Montaño was forced to pull from the event due to injury and she was replaced by Shanna Young.[24]

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