Tom Vaughn, Nicco Montano’s coach on the FIT-NHB fitness center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, appeared just lately on MMAjunkie Radio, and described what occurred to his fighter as “a freaking nightmare.” That’s an correct characterization of Montano getting hospitalized for a failed weight reduce, after which seeing her title stripped. And there’s extra.
“It was a nightmare,” mentioned Vaughn, as transcribed by Matt Erickson for MMAjunkie. “It goes again farther than [the past week]. Nicco had a damaged foot on the present. After she gained ‘The Final Fighter’ and gained the title, she needed to have her foot put in a boot. She was inactive for fairly some time. She acquired a bit heavy. When she lastly acquired the boot off and began coaching once more, she was getting sick – extreme colds, and discovered it was her tonsils contaminated. So she needed to have a tonsillectomy.
“She actually had a sequence of issues, and there was a variety of stress to make this combat occur sooner than she needed to. That performed into a part of this. The load reduce, the load simply didn’t come off as deliberate and right here we’re. It was a freaking nightmare.”
“I’m nonetheless in disbelief that she was stripped of the title for one thing that has occurred to a variety of athletes which might be nonetheless combating in the identical weight class. The opposite a part of that’s once they referred to as me to inform me they have been stripping her of the title, they have been saying that [California State Athletic Commission executive director] Andy Foster was going to make it tough for Nicco to ever combat at 125 once more, which is loopy. She’s made that weight each time.”
“October, she’s already going out [to the Performance Institute]. Then we’re going again for the belt. To inform you the reality, we wouldn’t thoughts Nicco combating Valentina’s sister – beat her up, then return for Valentina. We’re going to attempt to have Nicco prepared in case her sister’s opponent drops out. We’re going to be prepared.”
Antonina is scheduled to make her UFC debut vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith on the TUF 28 Finale on November 30, 2018, at Pearl Theatre at Palms On line casino Resort on Fox Sports activities 1. If Evans-Smith can’t combat for any purpose, Montano is an fascinating substitute.
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