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UFC champ Nicco Montano says she's ready to fight Valentina Shevchenko on Sept. 8

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UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano’s injury layoff has come to a sudden end.

Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) today announced she’s ready to take on No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on Sept. 8, ending a long drama over scheduling the title bout (via Instagram).

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Alright, let’s get this show on the road! What you got on your girl, Sept 8th in Vegas, Valentina! Now that I’m finally back to a healthy body I’m ready to go, it was only a matter of time. 👊🏽 ……share it, write it down, take a picture… #UFC #mma#champishere #125champ #wmma #fight

Sept. 8 is the date targeted for UFC 228, though officials have yet to confirm the pay-per-view event, and a request for comment to UFC officials wasn’t immediately returned.

Montano has been sidelined for several months as she recovered from multiple surgeries, including one to repair her foot and a tonsillectomy and adenoid surgery. She initially targeted a return in July, but the latter surgery pushed back her timetable, leading to a tense confrontation online over her injuries as a report of the UFC’s impatience with her surfaced.


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Just this past weekend, Shevchenko vented about the situation to MMAjunkie, indicating Montano was being dishonest about the circumstances surrounding her layoff.

To emphasize her point, Shevchenko added, “If she’s thinking she’s Conor McGregor, she’s not.”

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Montano captured the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight belt with an unbeaten run on “The Ultimate Fighter 26,” which was convened to crown the first-ever women’s champ in the 125-pound class. Originally scheduled to take on finalist Sijara Eubanks, she instead took on and defeated Roxanne Modaferri after Eubanks was forced to withdraw due to complications from a weight cut.

Shevchenko, meanwhile, shot to contender status after an unsuccessful bid to capture the women’s bantamweight title against champ Amanda Nunes. A drubbing of Priscila Cachoeira provided the prelude to a title shot before scheduling became a concern.

For more on UFC 228, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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