UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montano is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. She was stripped of her title and now Valentina Shevchenko will fight for the title against an opponent yet to be decided, but White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”
Montano last fought in December 2017 where she defeated Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision to win UFC Flyweight title, she suffered from a bacterial infection that required surgery and that has delayed Montano from competing in the Octagon till this fight of her against Shevchenko which she ultimate has been pulled out from.
“The belt becomes vacated, so the title is vacated,” White later said during the UFC 228 weigh-in show on FS1 to the interviewer Megan Olivi. “Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight before the end of the year.”
Montaño’s teammate Steve Hanna told MMA Fighting in a statement that the UFC medical said she should stop cutting weight and she was transported to the hospital due to kidney issues.
“She will be fine in a few days,” Hanna said in the statement. “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.”