Nicco Montano released a statement after losing weight and seeing his last fight booking canceled.
The former UFC flyweight champion missed seven pounds on Friday morning for a scheduled bantamweight fight against Wu Yanan scheduled for Saturday at UFC Vegas 33. Montano’s fight with Wu then went on been canceled.
This marks the latest setback in Montano’s career, which includes weight loss issues that forced her to withdraw from a flyweight title fight with Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 and a COVID fight -19 which led her to withdraw from a fight with Julia Avila last August.
Montano addressed Friday’s weigh-in drama via an Instagram post:
“I have devoted myself throughout camp to this fight, training four hours a day, including my fasted 4-5 km runs and unfortunately after years of hard work my metabolic system is not catching up. efforts that I have provided, ”Montano wrote. “So I ate less for my workouts, I trained until I had to get to the midlife bubble and I had to start my cut high enough.
“I’ve done this cut before, but unfortunately it just didn’t work this time around. I think the most important thing for me to do is focus on healthy weight loss. Believe me, I didn’t want that to happen and I did everything in my power to make sure it didn’t happen, but sometimes life kicks you in the balls over and over again. But I’m learning that it only makes me stronger and more resilient for what’s to come.
“And I just hope that whoever is going through a difficult time in their love does what I do, stand up and believe in yourself to get through the hard times, because there will be a lot more, but patience is the key to becoming the best possible version be. “
In an accompanying caption, Montano added the following:
I also want to thank everyone at UFC PI and Syndicate for believing in me and helping me lead this fight with more love and support than anyone could ask for. I really felt the best I have ever felt before this fight.
Saturday’s booking was only to be Montano’s third UFC fight since his debut with promotion as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 26. This season crowned the first female UFC flyweight champion, a title Montano won when she defeated Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision in a tournament final.
Montano was later stripped of the title when she couldn’t compete against Shevchenko at UFC 228. The only other UFC fight she participated in was at UFC Sacramento in July 2019, where she lost a unanimous decision against Julianna Pena in a bantamweight fight.