The UFC strips Nicco Montano of her Flyweight title

Nicco Montano

Dana White said Nicco would be stripped and Valentina would fight for the vacant title this year. Well, flyweight champion Nicco Montano, we hardly knew you at all. The fighter who was forced out of her title fight tomorrow night when she had kidney issues, has been stripped of her world title, per Dana White. … Read moreThe UFC strips Nicco Montano of her Flyweight title

Valentina Shevchenko comments about Nicco not making the fight

Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina suspected something was up with Nicco ahead of this fight The UFC lost their co-main event this morning with Nicco Montano had kidney issues that forced her to the hospital and out of her flyweight championship fight. Valentina Shevchenko has gone through this before. She was set to face Amanda Nunes, but Nunes had to … Read moreValentina Shevchenko comments about Nicco not making the fight

Nicco Montano bout with Valentina Shevchenko is off, Nicco hospitalized

Nicco Montano

Valentina saw this coming, and it turns out she was right. The news out of Dallas this morning isn’t great. Nicco Montano was supposed to meet Valentina Shevchenko and defend her Flyweight championship. She instead was taken to a local hospital and the fight is now off, as reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. He tweeted … Read moreNicco Montano bout with Valentina Shevchenko is off, Nicco hospitalized

UFC 228 Embedded Episode 2 – Fight week schedule in full swing

UFC 228 Embedded

We’ve got Episode 2 of the UFC 228 Embedded series.

It’s fight week, so that means we’re going to be seeing a daily edition of the UFC 228 Embedded Series. The show takes you behind the scenes into the week leading up to a fight for the main stars on any given card. This week, we’re focusing on two title matches primarily. Tyron Woodley will meet Darren Till for the Welterweight title and Nicco Montano will defend her Flyweight title against Valentina Shevchenko.

From the UFC

On Episode 2 of UFC 228 Embedded, welterweight title challenger Darren Till puts his training partners through their paces. Defending champion Tyron Woodley combines cardio with family time. Flyweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko stays sharp in a Fort Worth gym, and champion Nicco Montano endures pre-fight physical therapy.

UFC 228 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two world title bouts taking place Saturday, September 8th on Pay-Per-View.

UFC 228 Embedded Part 1 – The calm before the storm

UFC 228 Embedded

We have the first episode of UFC 228 Embedded!

UFC 228 is this Saturday night, so you can expect five or six episodes of UFC Embedded between now and then. This is the first episode and it revolves around the main fighters on the card getting in their last major workouts of the week before traveling to the event and handling media, weigh-ins and then fighting.

The episode opens with Valentina Shevchenko working out ahead of her fight with champion Nicco Montano. She’s training in Houston and her striking looks sharp!

We see Nicco in Colorado training with her team ahead of her title defense. She looks good in the gym and has confidence, despite the long odds she’s against in this fight.

Darren Till is at the UFC Performance Institute getting ready to challenge Tyron Woodley for the Welterweight champion. Till is a huge Welterweight and looks to have ridiculous punching power.

Woodley is dealing with a different kind of struggle and he’s trying to get his kids up and get their day started. In a few days he’ll be in Dallas to defend his title, but right now, he’s about his family.

From the UFC

On Episode 1 of UFC 228 Embedded, flyweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko trains standup in Houston then unwinds with a different kind of headhunting. Flyweight champion Nicco Montano travels to Colorado to support her teammates, using the official ring for her own practice before the event starts. In Las Vegas, welterweight title challenger Darren Till finishes his training camp, confident he will overwhelm his opponent. Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley tests his endurance by getting his kids up for the day.

UFC 228 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two world title bouts taking place Saturday, September 8th on Pay-Per-View.

 

UFC 228 media conference call. Montano, Shevchenko, Woodley, Till

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The UFC hosted a media conference call with Tyron Woodley, Darren Till, Nicco Montano, and Valentina Shevchenko on Thursday, August 30. The event takes place next week on September 8 in Dallas, Texas.

The main event will see the return of UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, and he’ll be taking on number one contender, Darren Till. The co-main event features the women’s flyweight championship between Nicco Montano and Valentina Shevchenko.

All four fighters phoned in and fielded questions. First up were Valentina and Nicco who were of course pleasant and accomodating. Then, Woodley and Till joined in. Shockingly, both were very subdued. There was not much arguing and both were complimentary to one another.

 

Nicco Montano set to defend title against Valentina Shevchenko

Nicco Montano

TUF Winner and first Flyweight champion will defend her title at UFC 228 Nicco Montano won TUF 26 by defeating Roxanne Modafferi some 18 months ago and has not been back in the Octagon since. She’s been nursing some injuries and is finally ready to defend her title. That said, it seems she’s drawn the … Read moreNicco Montano set to defend title against Valentina Shevchenko

Payouts for the TUF 26 Finale. Roxy and Nicco hit the jackpot.

Nicco Montano

The payouts for the TUF 26 Finale are in and the finalists hit the lottery. Roxanne Modafferi and Nicco Montano put on a fantastic fight to see who would become the UFC’s first female 125-pound champion. Ultimately, Montano edged Roxy in the cage by winning a unanimous decision. However, both ladies are ‘Movin on up’ … Read morePayouts for the TUF 26 Finale. Roxy and Nicco hit the jackpot.

Predicting the TUF 26 finale main card – When opportunity knocks…

TUF 26 Finale

Here’s who I expect to win tonight at the TUF 26 finale. I’ll be honest, I don’t always nail these. That said, I don’t let those continued failures get in the way of my unbridled enthusiasm for trying again. So this time we’re going to take a look at the amended TUF 26 Finale card, fresh … Read morePredicting the TUF 26 finale main card – When opportunity knocks…

Kidney failure forces Sijara Eubanks out of UFC title fight. Sarj speaks.

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The dastardly weight cut and following kidney failure, has forced another one out of a fight. This time it’s a title fight and it’s for the first ever Women’s 125 lb Flyweight Championship. Sijara Eubanks had brutal weight cuts for the entire TUF 26 season. Last night’s episode showed Eubanks working with the UFC Performance … Read moreKidney failure forces Sijara Eubanks out of UFC title fight. Sarj speaks.

Talking TUF Season 26: Fighting the good fight

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It’s time for another edition of Talking TUF. This season of The Ultimate Fighter has been pretty entertaining. The women never cease to bring it. We’ve seen good fights, great stories and not a ton of drama. It’s made for an easy-to-watch enjoyable show.  In our first write-up, we spoke about the Roxanne Modafferi and … Read moreTalking TUF Season 26: Fighting the good fight