Montano Hospitalized, UFC 228 Fight Cancelled
On Friday morning, the card for UFC 228 was handed huge blow as UFC featherweight champion, Nicco Montano was hospitalized in Dallas and pulled from UFC 228.
Nicco Montaño, the UFC women’s flyweight champion, has been transported to a local hospital, according to multiple sources. There is serious concern about the status of her title fight against Valentina Shevchenko at this time.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 7, 2018
In a press statement from the UFC, they officially pulled the fight from the card.
“As a precautionary measure, UFC flyweight Nicco Montaño was transported to a medical facility Friday morning due to health concerns,” the statement read. “The scheduled championship bout between Montaño & Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 has been cancelled.”
In a statement from Montato’s training partner Steve Hanna, he confirmed it was kidney issues that sent the flyweight champion to the hospital.
“She will be fine in a few days,” Hanna’s statement read. “The UFC medical team was called in to evaluate her this morning during the process of her weight cut. They determined that she had to cease cutting weight and be transported to and treated at the local hospital for issues regarding her kidney function.”
While there are six other female fighters on the UFC 228 card, four fighters are at 115 (Jessica Andrade, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Carla Esparza, and Tatiana Suarez), and two are set at 135 pounds (Irene Aldana, Lucie Pudilova), Shevchenko has been removed from the card entirely.
This was to be Montano’s first fight since winning the newly created 125 pound title against Roxanne Modafferi in the finale of season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Report: MMA Fighting