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UFC 228: Former flyweight champ Nicco Montano is removed and challenger Valentina Shevchenko is ‘very upset’

The UFC informed the media earlier today that flyweight champion Nicco Montano (4-2-0) has been removed from her title defence fight with Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0) after she was hospitalized cutting weight for the fight.

The decision to remove Montano was made by the Texas Department of Licensing Regulation, along with the UFC, who issued the following statement on its website:

As a precautionary measure, UFC flyweight Nicco Montaño was transported to a medical facility Friday morning due to health concerns. 

The scheduled flyweight championship bout between Montaño and Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 has been cancelled.

UFC 228 takes place at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on Saturday night live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm/7pm ETPT. Tyron Woodley takes on Darren Till with his welterweight championship on the line in the main event.

Shevchenko, who weighed in at 124.5 pounds, took to her Instagram account to voice her displeasure.

Montano won the title defeating Roxanne Modafferi in the finals of TUF 26 last December.

The UFC has upgraded the Jessica Andrade (18-6-0) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-2-0) strawweight bout to the co-main event with the Jimmie Rivera (21-2-0) vs. John Dodson (20-9-0) contest moved to the main card. Also, Geoff Neal (9-2-0) and Frank Camacho (21-6-0) wlll now battle on the FX prelims instead of the Fight Pass prelims.

UPDATE: UFC President Dana White has stripped Nicco Montano of the flyweight belt and stated that Valentina Shevchenko will fight an opponent to be named later at a later date for the belt.






Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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