News: Nicco Montaño’s team releases statement after she is pulled from UFC 228 title fight

The UFC women’s flyweight champion will not compete Saturday at UFC 228 in a scheduled title fight with Valentina Shevchenko after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning due to kidney issues, per her team.

On Friday morning, the UFC officially announced Montaño was taken to a Dallas hospital prior to the official weigh-ins:

“As a precautionary measure, UFC flyweight Nicco Montaño was transported to a medical facility Friday morning due to health concerns. The scheduled championship bout between Montaño & Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 has been cancelled.”

Her training partner Steve Hanna provided some further clarity around the situation when speaking to MMA Fighting:

“She will be fine in a few days. The UFC medical team was called in to evaluate her this morning during the process of her weight cut. They determined that she had to cease cutting weight and be transported to and treated at the local hospital for issues regarding her kidney function.”

This would have been Montaño’s first title defence of the 125lb strap after winning it back in December after beating Roxanne Modafferi at the TUF 26 Finale. The cut to 125lbs has never seemed an issue before as she made the weight in the house three times over a six-week period, then again for the TUF 26 Finale.

Shevchenko, a 30-year-old former bantamweight title challenger, dropped down to flyweight in February and beat Priscila Cachoeira by second-round submission to earn the shot.

It is already confirmed that Shevchenko would not fight a replacement opponent and the card will move on with 13 fights. It’s not immediately clear which bout will take Montaño vs. Shevchenko’s place as the co-main event.


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