Yesterday morning unfortunate news broke that UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano had been hospitalized in the midst of her UFC 228 weight cut due to issues with her kidneys.
This of course resulted in Nicco Montano being pulled from her scheduled UFC 228 title defense against Valentina Shevchenko which was expected to serve as the evenings co-main event.
Shortly after that, UFC President Dana White made a shocking announcement to TSN Sports when he declared that the UFC women’s flyweight title was now vacant, adding that Valentina Shevchenko will now be fighting a different opponent for the promotions strap in the near future.
“BREAKING: Dana White tells @TSN_Sports that the UFC women’s flyweight title is now vacant. Valentina Shevchenko will fight an opponent to be determined at a later date. They have an opponent in mind, but nothing is confirmed.” – Aaron Bronsteter
Nicco Montano had originally claimed the UFC’s inaugural women’s flyweight title by winning her way through season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter where she defeated Roxanne Modafferi in the tournament finals by unanimous decision this past December.
This afternoon, TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter shared an update he received from Nicco Montano regarding her medical condition.
“Thank you. I’m doing good. Just keeping an eye on how my kidneys are feeling hour by hour. My sodium level has returned to normal levels so now it’s just a matter of paying attention to any change. Docs said if I had waited any longer I could’ve potentially gone into cardiac arrest because my electrolyte imbalance was so extreme, so it was a good thing the UFC docs had me go to the hospital.” – Nicco Montano
Hopefully Nicco Montano can make a full recovery and fans will get to see her back in action sooner than later.
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