Nicco Montano slams ‘huge waste of space’ Ariel Hewlani

Even though she’s been nursing a seriously injured foot since her TUF Flyweight Championship victory over Roxanne Modafferi, fans have been anxious to see her get back in the cage. Her most likely opponent was thought to be number 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko.

However, Montano seems to have another opponent. The unlikely challenger: famous MMA journalist Ariel Helwani.

This interesting contest began when Helwani tweeted the following:

Montano’s response did not equivocate:

This just in…. @arielhelwani is a huge waste of space. Everyone and their grandma knows about my condition. I’m 5days post tonsillectomy and adenoid removal surgery due to a bacterial infection that’s been inhibiting my practice all year. Soonest I can get back on the mats is 16 more days. The UFC not only knows about this but flew me out to Vegas themselves to get this surgery done ASAP so I can jump on getting a fight with Schevchenko lined up. If you’ve been a fan of mine then you know my mind set… no girl is anything I’m not. Who’s scared to fight? It’s what I do, it’s literally why I’m the anomaly here, because I was ranked #14 on the show and came out #1. It’s apparently in douchbag’s best interest to throw my name out to the wolves in order to stay relevant. I literally haven’t spoken a word in 5 days due to my condition and Mr. Poor Excuse of a Man has not only brought it upon himself to be the leader of idiot fans who don’t know the difference between MMA and UFC but also has the balls the size of a baby rat to say I’m scared while key board warrior over here is more than likely to eat a fat man’s ass than get in the octagon with HIS 125lbs Champ… 🎤 drop. …….. lesson of the day, don’t believe everything you read, idiots run their mouths. Ps, @arielhelwani you suck at your job, I heard MMA is looking for a better journalist who is actually knowledgeable #ufc #mma #wmma #yourstruly #fanboy #getoutofthekitchenifyoucantstandtheheat #nippeditinthebud #nicetry

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This just in…. @arielhelwani is a huge waste of space. Everyone and their grandma knows about my condition. I’m 5days post tonsillectomy and adenoid removal surgery due to a bacterial infection that’s been inhibiting my practice all year. Soonest I can get back on the mats is 16 more days. The UFC not only knows about this but flew me out to Vegas themselves to get this surgery done ASAP so I can jump on getting a fight with Schevchenko lined up. If you’ve been a fan of mine then you know my mind set… no girl is anything I’m not. Who’s scared to fight? It’s what I do, it’s literally why I’m the anomaly here, because I was ranked #14 on the show and came out #1. It’s apparently in douchbag’s best interest to throw my name out to the wolves in order to stay relevant. I literally haven’t spoken a word in 5 days due to my condition and Mr. Poor Excuse of a Man has not only brought it upon himself to be the leader of idiot fans who don’t know the difference between MMA and UFC but also has the balls the size of a baby rat to say I’m scared while key board warrior over here is more than likely to eat a fat man’s ass than get in the octagon with HIS 125lbs Champ… 🎤 drop. …….. lesson of the day, don’t believe everything you read, idiots run their mouths. Ps, @arielhelwani you suck at your job, I heard MMA is looking for a better journalist who is actually knowledgeable #ufc #mma#wmma #yourstruly #fanboy#getoutofthekitchenifyoucantstandtheheat#nippeditinthebud #nicetry

 So far, no response from Helwani. That may be just as well because the current UFC flyweight champ tweets as hard as she fights.
Terence
Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.

7 comments

  1. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel, Nicco? Remind me never to get on her wrong side.

    That being said, hopefully the UFC is able to schedule the fight and provide for a back-up, perhaps for the interim title, in case Nicco is unable to fight. There are a number of top contenders fighting in July to pick from that would probably welcome the opportunity to step in for an interim-title fight including Jennifer Maia, Liz Carmouche, Alexis Davis and Katlyn Chookagian. The winner of Sijara Eubanks and Lauren Murphy might also be willing to step in if they don’t receive too much damage during their fight a month from now.

    1. I was thinking the same thing! I guess they dont want an interim title so early in the division? It’s odd because theyve had champions on the shelf for longer than this before. I mean, theyre having an interim WW title at 225 when Woodley claims he will be ready July/August.

  2. I agree rather than force her to defend her title let the girl heal up..
    Obviously the UFC machine is sending out mixed messages like they always do.
    Telling Helwani one thing whilst smiling at Nicco.
    Backstabbing is not outisde the remit of the UFC..so don’t be fooled.
    The UFC used Helwani to provoke some sort of response from Nicco and pressure her into giving them a date.. dirty tactics are at play here don’t be fooled.

      1. Hopefully, Nicco has been much more transparent about her status and condition with the UFC than she has with the public. Since indicating in early December that she would need foot surgery for an injury that took place before her title fight, we have heard virtually nothing from her until her random interview on KREQ radio in early March. These past couple days of tweets is the first we’ve (or at least I’ve) heard from her since that interview.

        The UFC is trying to get a headliner for their Calgary event, but because of health issues, the best Nicco can offer is “I’ll try.” It seems no more backstabbing to want someone to commit to an event than it’s an indication of fear by being unable to commit. I can understand the UFC’s frustration in trying to book this fight and would expect them to move on to something more concrete unless they went with the solution I mentioned above of having a back-up. I see no reason for it to reflect poorly on either the fighter or the organization for taking their respective positions and to do otherwise is simply sensationalizing an unfortunate situation.

      1. Not a clear one, but that could work to the UFC’s advantage. They have the option of negotiating with Maia, Carmouche, Davis, Chookagian, even Honchak and/or Modafferi to find a back up. All except Modafferi are ranked higher than the champ in a number of ranking organizations, and certainly have better records. Modafferi took on the champ on just a few days’ notice and still earned fight of the night.

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