New UFC Champ Montano Turns Down Valentina Shevchenko Title Fight, ‘She doesn’t deserve it!’

UFC bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko made a decision to drop down to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s new flyweight division after suffering another loss to reigning bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215. Now the fighter is looking to fight for the flyweight belt. That being said, Nicco Montano doesn’t think Shevcehnko is ready for a title shot yet.

Montano earned the flyweight title at the recent The Ultimate Fighter 26 finale with a unanimous decision victory over Roxanne Modafferi. Speaking on The MMA Hour, Nicco Montano offered her thoughts on Shevchenko and Paige VanZant each dropping down to the flyweight division in hopes of title shots.

“You want to fight the best so that you can prove to everybody else that you are the best, but right now the best is not Shevchenko at ‘25.” Montano said. “She hasn’t fought at that weight. It’s not Paige VanZant, she hasn’t fought at that weight either. So I think it’s pretty silly and I’m a person who wants fair fights and so I just don’t think they are deserving of it right now. I would like it to be Sarge, I think she deserves another chance. She made it through six weeks of hell doing that. I was there watching, I was there partaking in that six-week period, so I know how much heart she has and how much she’s wanting this.”

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