Friday was already a bad for Nicco Montano. She had to withdraw from her scheduled flyweight title defense at UFC 228 due to a kidney issue related to weight cutting.
It got worse for Montano as she was scrolling through Instagram. It was there Montano found out the UFC was stripping her of her belt.
“I was running through Instagram and I saw an interview with Dana White saying the title has been stripped,” Montaño said Monday on The MMA Hour.
“I was getting out of the hospital and I was like, ‘Alrighty then.’”
As time wore on, Montano became a little more understanding of the decision, but upon first hearing the news, the 29-year-old was extremely upset at the company’s actions because they couldn’t take the time to call her to deliver the news.
“It was definitely pretty sad, it was disheartening,” Montaño said. “I didn’t want to have anything to do with the UFC for a bit after. My short-tempered self was like, eff this. You just almost died for a company that doesn’t even call you to make sure you’ve alive. Personally, it was kind of just like, well screw you.
“On the business level, if I could see it from a different perspective, I can see what they have to do — what they feel like they have to do. But just the inconsistencies with a bunch of things like this is still pretty disheartening in terms of what’s gonna happen with my career. Am I gonna want to stay in the UFC? I kind of want to stay in the UFC just to fight Valentina eventually. But just like with anything else, what else is the motivation? What else is the motivator?”
After what took place this weekend, Montano is questioning whether she still wants to fight for the UFC.
“I do believe it’s unfair. I believe it’s unfair the way that it was done, with me finding out on Instagram,” Montaño said. “And also the way that their inconsistencies are. They’ve made so many interim belts, but this one was just stripped due to health precautions. There were so many interim belts that were made due to health precautions, due to injuries. And there’s just no consistency. So what’s there to rely on?”