Nicco Montano was initially set to defend her title from Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228 on Saturday, Sept. 8. However, Montano was rushed to the hospital on Friday after suffering kidney issues during her weight cut.
Consequently, the title fight was cancelled and Montano was stripped of her UFC women’s flyweight championship. Speaking to MMA Junkie Radio, Nicco Montano’s head coach Tom Vaughn has since revealed that they have no issue with challenging Valentina Shevchenko’s sister before taking on “Bullet.”
“October, she’s already going out (to the Performance Institute). Then we’re going back for the belt. To tell you the truth, we wouldn’t mind Nicco fighting Valentina’s sister – beat her up, then go back for Valentina. We’re going to try to have Nicco ready in case her sister’s opponent drops out. We’re going to be ready.”