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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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UFC 228 Primer: Are You Ready to See a UFC Champ Murdered?

To say the odds are against UFC female flyweight champ Nicco Montano would be an understatement. When she fights at UFC 228 this weekend, she literally has almost zero chance of successfully defending her belt.

Heck, she has almost zero chance of survival. And some of that is because, since winning her belt at the culmination of some season of TUF, Montano has been frickin’ AWOL (absent without leave, a ghost, a mythological creature that may or may not ever have existed), which undoubtedly makes her rusty as hell. But most of her doom centers around the fact that her opponent is Valentina Shevchenko.

Valentina Shevchenko the top bantamweight challenger. Whose only two losses in the Octagon are to bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, and both of which were narrow decision losses.

Shevchenko is going to murder Montano. It’s not even going to be close.

Just take a look at their respective resumes. A glance at Montano’s and it seems as if she’s just starting out, giving this MMA thing a try while she works towards an associate’s degree at the local community college.

Meanwhile, Shevchenko’s record paints another portrait entirely. After years of amateur kickboxing, and years of being a Muay Thai champ, she jumped into the cage. There, she’s beaten the likes of Julianna Pena, Sarah Kaufman and Holly Holm. HOLLY HOLM!

Thus far in her UFC career, Montano has earned a decision over Roxanne Modafferi. And chilled on the sidelines for almost a year.

Never mind their respective strengths and weaknesses. With the massive disparity in their experience, it won’t matter if Montano can throw a decent punch or kick hard or summon the Great Spirit. Shevchenko is going to crush her.

Anyway, here’s Daniel Cormier hyping the fight.

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Report: UFC Women’s Flyweight Champ Nicco Montano Transported to Hospital; Fight Off

It seems that Nicco Montano will not defend her Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight crown Saturday at UFC 228.
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UFC 228 Primer: Are You Ready to See a UFC Champ Murdered?

To say the odds are against UFC female flyweight champ Nicco Montano would be an understatement. When she fights at UFC 228 this weekend, she literally has almost zero chance of successfully defending her belt.

Heck, she has almost zero chance of survival. And some of that is because, since winning her belt at the culmination of some season of TUF, Montano has been frickin’ AWOL (absent without leave, a ghost, a mythological creature that may or may not ever have existed), which undoubtedly makes her rusty as hell. But most of her doom centers around the fact that her opponent is Valentina Shevchenko.

Valentina Shevchenko the top bantamweight challenger. Whose only two losses in the Octagon are to bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, and both of which were narrow decision losses.

Shevchenko is going to murder Montano. It’s not even going to be close.

Just take a look at their respective resumes. A glance at Montano’s and it seems as if she’s just starting out, giving this MMA thing a try while she works towards an associate’s degree at the local community college.

Meanwhile, Shevchenko’s record paints another portrait entirely. After years of amateur kickboxing, and years of being a Muay Thai champ, she jumped into the cage. There, she’s beaten the likes of Julianna Pena, Sarah Kaufman and Holly Holm. HOLLY HOLM!

Thus far in her UFC career, Montano has earned a decision over Roxanne Modafferi. And chilled on the sidelines for almost a year.

Never mind their respective strengths and weaknesses. With the massive disparity in their experience, it won’t matter if Montano can throw a decent punch or kick hard or summon the Great Spirit. Shevchenko is going to crush her.

Anyway, here’s Daniel Cormier hyping the fight.

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Champ Robert Whittaker Talks About The UFC’s Weight-Cutting Problem

The UFC has a weight-cutting problem, and finally Robert Whittaker has said something about it.

No, I’m not talking about the dangers inherent in fighters losing too much weight too fast in an effort to game the divisional cutoffs. I’m talking about ALL THESE DUDES MISSING WEIGHT AND STILL GETTING TITLE SHOTS.

You see, the UFC likes narratives. Narratives sell fights. So if Yoel Romero has gained momentum by knocking out dudes but has trouble making weight, screw it, they’ll give him a title shot.

The same with Darren Till, who was so fat for his fight against Stephen Thompson he looked like “Fat Bastard” from those Austin Powers flicks. For beating Thompson, Till gets a crack at champ Tyron Woodley. That sucks.

As per MMAFighting:

Whittaker, 27, seems to find the whole thing ludicrous. He said Monday at a media lunch to promote Wednesday’s premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 28.

“It’s like me going down to bantamweight, not making weight, winning because I’m much bigger and then getting a title shot,” said Whittaker, who coaches opposite Kelvin Gastelum on TUF 28. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. Because on the flip side, the guys that are making weight don’t make it easy. It wasn’t easy to cut weight and make weight and do the job. We still had to struggle, we still had to diet weeks out. We’re just more professional at it. We just did it right.”

Whittaker (20-4) said he thought about not fighting Romero when he missed weight at UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a nearly impossible decision to make. He wanted to fight, flew a long way from Australia to compete, needed to get paid and didn’t want to let down all of his fans.

“The people who do make weight are also in a hard position,” Whittaker said. “Because they’re in a position where they still need to make money to pay the bills, to earn a wage, to do their job. But they also have the support of hundreds of thousands of people who have come to see them fight or that are watching them on TV to watch a fight. The fans. That’s kind of why you fight — they drive the sport.”

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Champ Robert Whittaker Talks About The UFC’s Weight-Cutting Problem

The UFC has a weight-cutting problem, and finally Robert Whittaker has said something about it.

No, I’m not talking about the dangers inherent in fighters losing too much weight too fast in an effort to game the divisional cutoffs. I’m talking about ALL THESE DUDES MISSING WEIGHT AND STILL GETTING TITLE SHOTS.

You see, the UFC likes narratives. Narratives sell fights. So if Yoel Romero has gained momentum by knocking out dudes but has trouble making weight, screw it, they’ll give him a title shot.

The same with Darren Till, who was so fat for his fight against Stephen Thompson he looked like “Fat Bastard” from those Austin Powers flicks. For beating Thompson, Till gets a crack at champ Tyron Woodley. That sucks.

As per MMAFighting:

Whittaker, 27, seems to find the whole thing ludicrous. He said Monday at a media lunch to promote Wednesday’s premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 28.

“It’s like me going down to bantamweight, not making weight, winning because I’m much bigger and then getting a title shot,” said Whittaker, who coaches opposite Kelvin Gastelum on TUF 28. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. Because on the flip side, the guys that are making weight don’t make it easy. It wasn’t easy to cut weight and make weight and do the job. We still had to struggle, we still had to diet weeks out. We’re just more professional at it. We just did it right.”

Whittaker (20-4) said he thought about not fighting Romero when he missed weight at UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a nearly impossible decision to make. He wanted to fight, flew a long way from Australia to compete, needed to get paid and didn’t want to let down all of his fans.

“The people who do make weight are also in a hard position,” Whittaker said. “Because they’re in a position where they still need to make money to pay the bills, to earn a wage, to do their job. But they also have the support of hundreds of thousands of people who have come to see them fight or that are watching them on TV to watch a fight. The fans. That’s kind of why you fight — they drive the sport.”

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Daniel Cormier Making Those Media Rounds Like a Double Champ

The UFC’s reigning light-heavyweight and heavyweight champ, Daniel Cormier, has got a big-money fight on the horizon.

Sadly, I’m talking about a match-up against Brock Lesnar, who has no relevance to the UFC’s heavyweight division now, but is nonetheless a “name” dude. But whatever, Cormier will undoubtedly be getting a percentage of the pay-per-views, and this bout should pay off whatever student loans he’s got hanging over his head.

Anyway, Cormier has been making the media rounds, getting his face out in front of the camera so people will be more inclined to shell out dough to watch him fight.

Here he is playing nice on some morning talk show.

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Cris Cyborg Gonna Feast on the Bones of Bantamweight Champ Amanda Nunes

There is just one female superfight for the UFC to make, and it looks like they done made it!

According to featherweight champ Cris Cyborg, she’s signed on the dotted line and will face bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 in December.

This is a fantastic match-up. Nunes’ best weapon is her punching power, and Cyborg is perhaps the most dangerous female fighter to ever set foot in a cage thanks to her own striking skills. I think it’s safe to say someone is getting smoked in this fight.

Here’s Cyborg’s Instagram post announcing the bout:

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