Shevchenko Laughs Off Montano Claims
While her opponent being taken to the hospital with kidney issues is no laughing matter, Valentina Shevchenko has found humor in her cancelled UFC 228 showdown against now former UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano.
Montano would be hospitalized and pulled from the card prior to Friday’s weigh-ins, causing not only both fighters to be shelved from the show, but Montano would be stripped of her title, which she would find out via Instagram.
Following the fight being pulled, both fighters would issue statements blasting the other, with “Bullet” claiming Montano was looking for a “way out” of the title clash.
On The MMA Hour on Monday, Shevchenko would be read a section of Montano’s statement, where Montano called the fighter an “egomaniac”, “disrespectful”, “obsessed”, and “jealous”, among other things.
“It makes me laugh so hard. It’s the most funny post I’ve ever heard in all my life,” Shevchenko said. “Now she has all the time to speak, so now she can post everything that she wants, everything that she wants to create, like to invent everything, but her actions show the same.
“She had enough time to prepare for the fight. She was the only one who was responsible for the weight cut. She knows her body, how it reacts, and she has to be able to make it earlier, to start her weight cut. Not coming for the fight week 20 pounds over. It’s crazy, even for the boys — they’re cutting much more than girls — it’s crazy to come 20 pounds over for the fight week. You have to start your diet earlier and be professional. You have to be responsible about what you have in your hands. But this is total irresponsibility, total unprofessional things from her.”
Montano claimed in her statement that the UFC pressured her in fighting at UFC 228, and Shevchenko claims that it was the champion who dictated the terms for their fight.
“When we just started to speak about possible fights, first that came from their training camp, her team, that she maybe will be ready for the fight in May, early June,” Shevchenko said. “Then the UFC sent me a contract for July 28 and I signed my part and we were waiting for when she will sign it, and she was the first one who started speaking about July 7. Having this contract for July 28, she started speaking about fighting on International Fight Week.
“She is the one who offered this September date and I said okay, September? You want September? Let’s do September. I was waiting for so many months, I can wait one month more. So this is how it really happened.”
“Why was she signed for the UFC,” Shevchenko said on Monday. “To fight. To make fights happen. To be responsible. To be healthy for the fight. To do her main job, Did she do it? No. Did she do her main job? Did she fight with me? No. She didn’t do it. So what was she now talking about?”
“If you are not able to hold this responsibility and hold this pressure, you have to step out and [leave the job] that fighters have to do to the people who are ready to do it. Who are ready to fight and want to fight. Action is action. Speaking is speaking. When you are speaking, it’s okay, but her actions, you have to follow. Follow your words if you want to show that you’re a real fighter.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting