As expected, the Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko title fight has been scratched from the UFC 228 pay-per-view (PPV) line up after the reigning women’s flyweight champion was hospitalized on Friday morning due to complications from her 125-pound weight cut.
That’s according to a report from ESPN, which means the Sept. 8 line up, booked for American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, will be updated over the next few hours as the promotion bumps a “Prelims” fight into the open main card slot.
“As a precautionary measure, UFC flyweight Nicco Montaño was transported to a medical facility Friday morning due to health concerns,” UFC officials told onsite reporters (via MMA Fighting). “The scheduled championship bout between Montaño & Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 has been cancelled.”
No doubt this is a crushing blow for Shevchenko, who also saw her Amanda Nunes fight at UFC 213 go up in smoke at the last hour. In fact, “Bullet” was convinced the Montano fight was not going to happen until the cage door closed in “Big D.”
“I will not have any doubt when I see her inside the Octagon,” Shevchenko told Ariel Helwani. “This is only one way I will be sure it’s happening. From my experience, anything can happen. I know she cannot do it right now because it will end very bad for her.”
The Montano team has yet to comment on her withdrawal and there is no further information available on her health at this time; however, we’ll bring you those updates just as soon as they’re made available.
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