Nicco Montano was rushed to the hospital on Friday following liver issues during her weight cut. As a result, the fighter’s title bout against Velantina Shevchenko at UFC 228 was cancelled on one day’s notice and Montano was stripped of her UFC women’s flyweight title.
Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Valentina Shevchenko has since revealed that she believes Montano was 20 pounds overweight during fight week.
“She had enough time to prepare for the fight. She was the only one who was responsible for the weight cut. She knows her body, how it reacts, and she has to be able to make it earlier, to start her weight cut. Not coming for the fight week 20 pounds over. It’s crazy, even for the boys — they’re cutting much more than girls — it’s crazy to come 20 pounds over for the fight week. You have to start your diet earlier and be professional. You have to be responsible about what you have in your hands. But this is total irresponsibility, total unprofessional things from her.”