Nicco Montaño won’t battle Valentina Shevchenko for the women’s flyweight title at UFC 228. In fact, she won’t battle for the flyweight title at all for the time being. Per MMA Junkie, Montaño would be hospitalized on Friday — ending any chance of a title bout on Saturday night. But now, according to SportsCenter’s Phil Murphy, the UFC is stripping her of the title outright.
“UFC president Dana White tells us Nicco Montaño will vacate the flyweight title after having to cut short her weight cut at UFC 228.”
So is it really a strip? Maybe not. But at the very least, it sounds like the promotion is forcing her to vacate the strap. That’s not great! For her, at least. So, what about Shevchenko?
“Title challenger Valentina Shevchenko will fight for the vacant belt as soon as she’s able, per White,” Murphy continues.
Montaño is 4-2 in her professional MMA career, winning the inaugural flyweight belt back at TUF: A New World Champion Finale back in December of 2017.
Shevchenko, on the other hand, is an I.F.M.A. (Muay Thai) world champion and a K-1 kickboxing champion. She holds a professional boxing record of 2-0 and a professional MMA record of 15-3. She’s 4-2 in the UFC, winning her most recent fight back in February via rear-naked choke against Priscila Cachoeira.
So get ready, fight fans. We’re getting a new women’s flyweight champion whether we like it or not.