REPORT: Sara McMann out, returning Juliana Pena in versus Nicco Montano

Olympic silver medalist and former bantamweight title challenger, Sara McMann, took to social media on Tuesday to announce that injury has forced her out of her scheduled upcoming bout versus Nicco Montano on July 13 in Sacramento.

After suffering a submission defeat to Marion Reneau in February of 2018, McMann (11-5) took a hiatus from the sport to give birth to her second child.

While her return may be delayed, McMann is determined to focus on getting her body healthy and strong enough for a return at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento.

Reportedly filling in for McMann, will be the highly anticipated return of Juliana Pena. She last fought in January of 2017, suffering a submission defeat to Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC on FOX 23. After the loss, Pena stepped away from the sport to give birth to her first child. Prior to her hiatus, Pena was ranked number three in the division.

The inaugural flyweight champion, Nicco Montano (4-2), will also be returning to the Octagon following a lengthy layoff caused by a string of injuries and an USADA violation. She will be moving up to 135-pounds for the first time in the UFC.

This bout has not yet been confirmed by the UFC. Multiple sources have close to the situations say that both sides have verbally agreed while contracts are pending.

Who will you be rooting for?

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2 comments

  1. Along with Carla Esparza, Nicco Montana sort of proved that The Ultimate Fighter was a poor venue for choosing an inaugural women’s champion for a new weight class. On the other hand, Pena has lots of ring rust by this time. Not a big fan of either but cautiously picking Pena for the win.

    1. I disagree. If you don’t want to spend months doing research for what countries you need to select people from , TUF is the most efficient way for starting a new weight class, but for featherweight, they royally screwed up with the folks that they left off of TUF right here in the U.S. like Pamela Kay and Jozette Cotton.

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