Women’s flyweight contender Valentina Shevchenko is still set to get a shot at the 125-pound championship before the end of 2018; just not against Nicco Montaño.
The division’s inaugural champion, who won the title at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale against Roxanne Modafferi last December, has been stripped of the belt according to UFC President Dana White. UFC 228 was supposed to be Montaño’s first title defense after falling victim to multiple injuries and illnesses. The bout was removed from the event prior to weigh-ins after Montaño was hospitalized.
“She will be fine in a few days,” Montaño’s training partner Steve Hanna said in a 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.”
The division is moving on with Shevchenko, although her new opponent is yet to be determined.
“The belt becomes vacated,” White said during the UFC 228 weigh-in show on Fox Sports 1. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”
Prior to the announcement, Shevchenko had vented her frustration on social media earlier in the day.
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