Former UFC Flyweight champion Nicco Montano has been released from the UFC roster after her devastating failure to make weight at UFC Vegas 33. UFC President Dana White gives his reaction to this incident.
Recently, Nicco Montano was scheduled to fight Wu Yanan on July 31 in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs Hall. During the weigh-ins, Nicco weighed 7 lbs over the bantamweight limit which caused her to pull the fight from the card. This is the fifth time in a row that the former flyweight champion has not made it to a booked fight. The last time she fought in the octagon was in the year 2019 against Julianna Pena. She lost the fight via decision.
She has been canceled from five fights since 2019 due to reasons such as weight cuts, injuries, a car accident, and Covid-19 complications. Despite all the hard work she has not been able to make it to a fight without complications. The UFC president Dana White could not help but think she was not fit for the fighting game. Nicco also addressed her weight issue on her social media, “I’m learning that it’s only making me stronger and more resilient for what’s to come.“
“She seems to have a hard time making weight,” says Dana White on Nicco Montano
In a recent interview with UFC Arabia prior to her release, Dana spoke about the former champion and her difficulties to make weight. “I don’t know off the top of my head but like over three or four of her fights have been canceled,” White told UFC Arabia. “I think that no matter what weight class you put her at, she seems to have a hard time making weight. This might not be the sport for her.”
“They have the people there at the [UFC Performance Institute] to help them out if they don’t have their own people. But at the end of the day, it’s ultimately their decision. Look at Nicco and how many times it’s happened. Once that starts to happen, we get involved and say you know what, this isn’t working out.”