Montano Talks UFC 228, Rift With Helwani

As she prepares to make the first defense of her UFC flyweight title, Nicco Montano discussed some of the issues she’s dealt with in 2018.

Back in May, current ESPN analyst, Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC was “losing patience” with the flyweight champion, for not being committal on her first title defense. Montano would come after the then MMA Fighting writer, and claim that Helwani “s***s at his job.

During a press scrum last week, Montano claimed that she was just standing up for herself.

“I think for people who can read between the lines, and grasp what they were trying to get at, I stood up for myself,” Montano said (via MMAjunkie). “I still don’t understand why people would not, like they’re too afraid to speak out against somebody who’s trash-talking them just in fear of losing supporters or fans.”

“To me, this is what I’ve always been doing. There’s nothing different about my mindset and progression with my MMA career now that I’m in the UFC. I’m still going to stand up for myself when I think it’s appropriate.”

Montano has had to battle a slew of injuries and illnesses including a bacterial infection which lead to a tonsillectomy, on top of dealing with an foot injury she gained preparing for her title victory over Roxxanne Modafferi.

’m just going to have to get used to the pain,” Montano said. “But there’s not one fighter that goes into the octagon with 100 percent health.”

Montano defends against Valentina Shevchenko in the co-headliner of UFC 228, which takes place on September 8th in Dallas, Texas.

 

Initial Report: MMA Junkie

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