Inaugural Women’s Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano Released from UFC

By: Tristen Critchfield
Aug 4, 2021


Nicco Montano is no longer part of the UFC roster following her latest debacle on the scales.

The promotion released the former flyweight queen on the heels of Montano missing weight by seven pounds for a scheduled clash with Yanan Wu at UFC on ESPN 28 this past weekend. Montano later released a statement regarding her weight miss and the subsequent cancellation of the bout.

“So I’ve been eating less for my workout sessions, training up until I had to come to the quarantine bubble and had to start my cut pretty high. I have done this cut before but unfortunately it just didn’t work out this time around. I think the most important thing for me to do is focus on getting my weight down healthily,” Montano wrote on Instagram.

“Believe me I didn’t want this to happen and did everything in my power to make sure it didn’t but sometimes life kicks you in the balls over and over and over. But I’m learning that it’s only making me stronger and more resilient for what’s to come.”

MMAFighting.com was first to report Montano’s release.

Over the course of her UFC tenure, Montano has only competed in two of her 10 scheduled bouts, with three cancellations coming due to weight-cutting issues. Most notably, Montano was forced to withdraw from a flyweight title defense against Valentina Shevchenko due to a bad weight cut. She was subsequently stripped of her belt as a result.

Montano completed an improbable run throught “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” besting Lauren Murphy, Montana De La Rosa and Barb Honchak on the reality show before outpointing Roxanne Modafferi to claim the promotion’s inaugural female flyweight crown at the “TUF 26” finale. Montano has competed only once since then, losing to Julianna Pena via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 155 in July 2019.

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