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Nicco Montano to Defend Flyweight Crown vs. Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 in Dallas

As expected, Nicco Montano will make her first flyweight title defense against Valentina Shevchenko.
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Midnight Mania! Shevchenko Says Flyweight Champ Is No Conor McGregor

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Valentina Shevchenko doesn’t buy Nicco Montano’s story of injury and poor health. She usually doesn’t take opponents talking, all that seriously, but she says she will call someone out if she sees them as being wrong. That’s definitely how she sees this situation.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I just don’t like when people do something wrong, and when they say something wrong,” she said. “I just don’t like it. I don’t take it too personal, because to win the fight I have to be cool. It doesn’t matter to me what they say, because I have so much experience. Opponents they talk so many different words about me, and I just know how to manage it.

“But when I write a (social media) post, I just do it if a person is wrong. If she’s doing something wrong, I just say, ‘Hey, stop. You’re doing it wrong.’ Or if you’re thinking you’re smarter than everyone, or you think people are fools, no, they’re not. They exactly understand what’s happening now.”

It’s easy to see why Shevchenko is frustrated. A recent title challenger at bantamweight, she dropped to flyweight and won a lopsided tune-up match in her flyweight debut; clearly one of the most skilled fighters at any weight, much less a new and shallow division, she is eager to get her shot at the title, a bout in which she will undoubtedly be the heavy favorite. Nicco Montano, the most anonymous UFC champion, won her belt in a little-seen TUF finale against Roxanne Modafferi, and hasn’t defended it since.

Shevchenko thinks the reason Nicco hasn’t signed the bout agreement is self-evident. But she also doesn’t think the champion can avoid a bout with her indefinitely.

“You could have taken this fight so many times,” Shevchenko. “And you didn’t. Why? There is a reason why – just say it.”

“We’ll see what Nicco will do,” she said. “If she’s thinking she’s Conor McGregor, she’s not.”


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UFC Flyweight Contender Henry Cejudo Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Before he became one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s top flyweight contenders, Henry Cejudo was a decorated wrestler at the amateur level.
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Former Top Flyweight Ian McCall Retires

Back when the UFC was going all-in on the new flyweight division, it was all about some dude named Demetrious Johnson scrapping with some dude named Ian McCall.

These gentlemen were the considered the best in the world at that weight, and it showed. They were frenetic, fantastic, and eventually fought to a draw. Johnson won the rematch, went on to dominate the weight class, and “Uncle Creepy”…. well, thanks to a nonstop series of injuries that kept him on the sidelines, he sort of fizzled out.

More recently, McCall tried his luck with the RIZIN tournament in Japan, but that didn’t go so well for him, either.

And now, with an appearance on “The MMA Hour” today, McCall has retired.

“I’m retiring finally, I think people have been waiting for this for a long time,” McCall said. “I’m done. This sport has taken so much from me — I shouldn’t say it’s taken, I’ve given this sport so much. And sure, I was the best in the world years ago and sure, people keep bringing up my ‘Al Bundy’ moment about beating Demetrious (Johnson), ‘Oh, you’re the guy, blah blah blah.’

“I’ve had a good run, it’s been fun, but at the same time, it’s over. After enough shenanigans that I’ve been through, I think physically I could still do it. Physically I go in the gym, I train hard. I beat people up, I have a good time, I love doing it, but with my luck and I hate to be the guy that’s like, ‘It always happens to me, the bad things always happen to me,’ well they kind of do in this sport. … I’m not gaining ground, I’m not getting closer to being the best in the world. The steps are getting farther and farther away and I’m not in this to be anything but the best in the world. And if I cannot compete at that level of the best in the world, then it’s just not worth it for me.”

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Former Top Flyweight Ian McCall Retires

Back when the UFC was going all-in on the new flyweight division, it was all about some dude named Demetrious Johnson scrapping with some dude named Ian McCall.

These gentlemen were the considered the best in the world at that weight, and it showed. They were frenetic, fantastic, and eventually fought to a draw. Johnson won the rematch, went on to dominate the weight class, and “Uncle Creepy”…. well, thanks to a nonstop series of injuries that kept him on the sidelines, he sort of fizzled out.

More recently, McCall tried his luck with the RIZIN tournament in Japan, but that didn’t go so well for him, either.

And now, with an appearance on “The MMA Hour” today, McCall has retired.

“I’m retiring finally, I think people have been waiting for this for a long time,” McCall said. “I’m done. This sport has taken so much from me — I shouldn’t say it’s taken, I’ve given this sport so much. And sure, I was the best in the world years ago and sure, people keep bringing up my ‘Al Bundy’ moment about beating Demetrious (Johnson), ‘Oh, you’re the guy, blah blah blah.’

“I’ve had a good run, it’s been fun, but at the same time, it’s over. After enough shenanigans that I’ve been through, I think physically I could still do it. Physically I go in the gym, I train hard. I beat people up, I have a good time, I love doing it, but with my luck and I hate to be the guy that’s like, ‘It always happens to me, the bad things always happen to me,’ well they kind of do in this sport. … I’m not gaining ground, I’m not getting closer to being the best in the world. The steps are getting farther and farther away and I’m not in this to be anything but the best in the world. And if I cannot compete at that level of the best in the world, then it’s just not worth it for me.”

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Ilima-Lei Macfaralane to Defend Flyweight Title vs. Alejandra Lara in Bellator 201 Headliner

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will make her first flyweight title defense against Alejandra Lara in the Bellator 201 main event.
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UFC Flyweight Queen Nicco Montano Says She’s not Ducking Valentina Shevchenko

Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano became the inaugural UFC women’s 125-pound champion in December after earning a unanimous decision victory over veteran Roxanne Modafferi.
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Valentina Shevchenko Targeting UFC 225 in Chicago for Flyweight Title Bout

After transitioning successfully down to the 125-pound division last month, former bantamweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko is focused on capturing the flyweight title later this year.
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Valentina Shevchenko sets her sights on flyweight champ Nicco Montano

The new arrival at 125 pounds made it clear after her big win that she wants a shot at the belt next.

Former bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko made her mark on the flyweight division in a big way, slaughtering her opponent Priscila Cachoeira in a lopsided two round fight that saw her outstrike the UFC newcomer 230 to 3. Much of the conversation after the fight has surrounded referee Mario Yamasaki’s decision to let the fight go as long as it did, but there’s no doubt that Shevchenko has the attention of the rest of the women in her division.

Afterwards in the cage Shevchenko called out flyweight champ Nicco Montano, and she expanded her thoughts on competing for the title in her post fight interview.

“Just one name on my mind right now, it’s Nicco,” Shevchenko said. “I was not thinking about no one else. It’s enough time, I feel she has to be good now.”

”Yes, I wanted it from the beginning to have a fight for the title with Nicco, but I knew that she was injured,” she said. “She has to have a little bit of time to recover. Now I think it’s enough time and I think we are ready to do it … About the belt, that’s not my dream, that’s my job. It’s just the reality. I’m going to get the title at some point.”

Montano has been recovering from a foot injury sustained during her title fight against Roxanne Modafferi at The Ultimate Fighter finale on December 1st. Earlier reports had her return pegged sometime early 2018, and given Shevchenko absorbed all of three strikes, a title fight could come sooner rather than later.

Montano will likely come into the fight a heavy underdog given her 4-2 record, and many are already wondering whether we might witness a repeat of the domination we witnessed at UFC Belem. Shevchenko established herself as a serious force at 125 pounds, and is probably just the first of several killers set to migrate into the new division. Suffice to say it’s going to be interesting watching the weightclass develop, and painful for those who don’t keep up with the rising tide of talent.

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Shots After The Bell: Will the beatings continue until Women’s Flyweight evolves?

Dana White said mismatches like Shevchenko vs. Cachoeira are inevitable as the women’s 125 pound division kicks off.

It didn’t take long after the brutal one sided beating of Priscilla Cachoeira at the hands of Valentina Shevchenko for UFC president Dana White to weigh in on the fight, setting blame for the fiasco squarely on the shoulders of referee Mario Yamasaki. “Unfortunately the ref is there to protect you and Mario DID NOT do that,” White declared in an Instagram post directed to Cachoeira.

Completely missing from his initial statement was any mention of the part the UFC had to play in the fight, like, oh I don’t know, booking the #1 ranked women’s bantamweight against an unranked fighter who had never competed in the UFC before. But it didn’t take long for people on social media to point that out to White, who responded in typical fashion by calling them “goofy looking f**ks” and “morons.”

“For the MORONS says it’s her UFC debut … it’s the entire divisions debut,” he wrote. “There will be Fights like this until the entire division starts to weed out who belongs and who doesn’t. That’s why u need good officials who stop fights when they need to be stopped!!!!!!”

We can’t disagree with White’s declaration that the last line of defense is the referee, and the referee clearly failed Cachoeira in this fight. But there’s a big hole in the UFC president’s argument that this wasn’t avoidable because the division is too new for us to know any better.

Women’s flyweight may have just become a thing in the UFC, but Valentina Shevchenko has been fighting in the UFC for six fights over two and a half years. Her last fight in the organization was a title fight against 135 pound champ Amanda Nunes. It doesn’t take an expert matchmaker to see what a lopsided affair this would be. The sportsbook reflected this with Shevchenko a -1000 favorite, odds previously reserved for fighters like Ronda Rousey when she was on fire.

To put things in the starkest terms possible, when Cachoeira hit rock bottom as a crack addict in 2014, Shevchenko had already amassed a 10-1 MMA record and more kickboxing titles than you can count. That’s not to disparage Cachoeira’s past, it’s just an attempt to illustrate how obviously ridiculous this booking was on its face.

There is a disturbing truth in White’s statement, though: it’s very likely we’re going to see more ugly fights like this as the division shakes out. This win over Cachoeira puts Shevchenko firmly at the front of the line to face champ Nicco Montano, who is just 4-2 and won the inaugural women’s flyweight belt on The Ultimate Fighter. Minus the belt, you could say it’d be borderline promotional malpractice to match Shevchenko up against Montano. Yet here we are.

Still, the UFC would be smart to try to avoid more egregious mismatches when possible. As Shevchenko vs. Cachoeira showed, they’re not pretty to watch and could get someone seriously hurt. Since Cachoeira was allegedly a last resort after other fighters turned the Shevchenko fight down, they clearly knew she wasn’t a great choice … just the best available choice. The UFC decided to book it anyways, and that’s on them.

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