Update: UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Nicco Montano has been stripped of her flyweight championship.
Speaking on the UFC’s weigh-in show, White revealed that the flyweight title is now vacant and will be contested for by Valentina Shevchenko in the near future.
“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”
Montano, the UFC’s inaugural 125 lbs champion, held the bet for 280 days without a title defence.
UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano has been ruled out of her first title defence after being hospitalised earlier today.
With Ariel Helwani the first to report the news, Montano was taken to a local Dallas, Texas hospital prior to the official weigh-ins for UFC 228.
After being unable to weigh-in for the co-main event, Brett Okamoto of ESPN confirmed that the UFC have removed the 125 lbs champion from the card.
Nicco Montaño will not fight at UFC 228 tomorrow, after being hospitalized this morning. Valentina Shevchenko just made weight in Dallas, but I’m told the co-main event is off.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 7, 2018
Despite Montano’s prospective opponent Valentina Shevchenko hitting the championship mark, it has also been reported by Ariel Helwani that the UFC have also removed Shevchenko from the card.
Valentina Shevchenko will not fight tomorrow, per multiple sources. Second time in a little over a year she sees a title fight get canceled hours before the event (UFC 213).
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 7, 2018
Elsewhere, however, both Tyron Woodley and Darren Till hit their target of 170 lbs ahead of the main event of UFC 228 where both men will contend for the UFC welterweight title.