UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montaño was hospitalized Friday morning prior to the official weigh-ins in the lead-up to her first UFC title defense against former Bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko. It was soon confirmed after that the bout had been pulled off the UFC 228 pay per view card which will air tomorrow Saturday night. ESPN was the first to report the news.
It remains unclear what Montaño’s condition was when she headed to the hospital, but the timing of the incident suggests that this may have had something to do with her weight cut.
Shevchenko will not fight a replacement on the card according to multiple sources covering the event. A request for comment from Montaño’s team was not immediately returned from ESPN and MMAFighting.
Montaño (4-2, 1-0 in UFC) won the inaugural UFC women’s Flyweight title fight at the TUF 26 Finale over Roxanne Modafferi last December by way of judges unanimous decision. She has yet to defend the belt after suffering with injuries and illnesses throughout 2018. Montaño, 29, beat Lauren Murphy, Montana De La Rosa and Barb Honchak on her season of the Ultimate Fighter season to earn her championship title shot.