UFC releases former flyweight champion Nicco Montano
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 05:53
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Former UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano was let go by the promotion after missing weight for a bantamweight fight with Wu Yanan on July 31, multiple people with knowledge of the news told MMA Fighting.
Montano (4-3) came in over the bantamweight limit by seven pounds this past weekend in Las Vegas. The fight was ultimately pulled from the lineup, capping off her troubled four-year run for the fighter in the company.
A former King of the Cage flyweight champion, Montano became UFC’s first 125-pound beltholder by defeating Roxanne Modafferi in The Ultimate Fighter 27 final in 2017, but was then stripped after being hospitalized due to a bad weight cut ahead of her first title defense against Valentina Shevchenko.
Montano moved up to bantamweight and returned to action almost a year later, losing a decision to Julianna Pena. Montano had multiple fights cancelled since then, withdrawing from matches with Macy Chiasson, Julia Avila (twice), Karol Rosa, and Yanan.