The UFC’s first-ever girls’s flyweight champion is not with the promotion.
Nicco Montaño was launched by the UFC this week, officers confirmed with ESPN on Wednesday. The choice comes on the heels of Montaño missing weight final Friday by 7 kilos, forcing the cancellation of her scheduled combat with Wu Yanan on the UFC Battle Night time: Corridor vs. Strickland card in Las Vegas.
Montaño (4-3) has had a tough time simply getting within the Octagon the previous a number of years. The New Mexico resident, who fights out of Las Vegas, received the inaugural UFC girls’s flyweight title by beating Roxanne Modafferi in December 2017. Montaño, 32, was stripped of the belt in September 2018 after she was hospitalized slicing weight for a scheduled title protection in opposition to Valentina Shevchenko and the combat was scrapped. Montaño has not fought since dropping to Julianna Peña in July 2019 in a bantamweight bout.
Over the previous 18 months, Montaño has had six fights canceled for varied causes, together with weight points, damage and COVID-19. Montaño’s bout with Yanan was contracted for 135 kilos, up from the 125 kilos she was competing at earlier in her UFC profession. Montaño weighed in at 143 kilos Friday, 7 kilos over the 136-pound nontitle restrict at bantamweight.
“I used to be devoted via camp to this combat, coaching 4 hours a day, together with my fasted 4-5 mile runs and sadly after years of slicing exhausting [m]y metabolic system just isn’t catching up with what efforts I have been placing in,” Montaño wrote in an Instagram submit Friday after the weigh-in. “So I have been consuming much less for my exercise periods, coaching up till I needed to come to the quarantine bubble and needed to begin my reduce fairly excessive.
“I’ve achieved this reduce earlier than however sadly it simply did not work out this time round.”