Montano misses weight; UFC battle with Yanan off

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The profession trajectory of the first-ever UFC ladies’s flyweight champion continues to be an odd one.

Nicco Montano missed weight Friday morning by seven kilos and her ladies’s bantamweight bout with Wu Yanan was pulled from Saturday’s UFC Combat Evening card, the promotion introduced. The bout was contracted at a restrict of 136 kilos and Montano weighed in at 143 kilos. Yanan weighed 135.5 kilos.

Montano has struggled to get into the Octagon since beating Roxanne Modafferi to turn into the first-ever UFC ladies’s flyweight champion in December 2017. The New Mexico resident was stripped of the title in September 2018 when she was hospitalized making an attempt to chop weight for her first title protection towards Valentina Shevchenko and the bout was referred to as off. Montano, 32, has not fought since a loss to Julianna Pena in July 2019.

For the reason that starting of 2020, Montano has had six fights cancelled for numerous causes, together with weight points, damage and a optimistic take a look at for COVID-19.

Wu (11-4), a 25-year-old prospect from China, was making an attempt to snap a two-fight shedding streak.

The UFC misplaced one other bout Friday at weigh-ins, as effectively. Ronnie Lawrence was pulled from a bout with Trevin Jones for well being causes. Philip Rowe missed weight by 2.5 kilos for a welterweight bout towards Orion Cosce, coming in at 173.5 kilos. Rowe will forfeit 20% of his purse to Cosce and the bout will go on as scheduled.

UFC Combat Evening will transfer on with 11 bouts after initially beginning at 15. The cardboard is headlined by a middleweight contender bout between Uriah Corridor and Sean Strickland.

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