Bullet to champ: Defend the belt or step out
#1 flyweight contender Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko signed a bout agreement to fight for the title vs. division champion Nicco Montano at UFC on Fox 30 on July 28, 2018, in Calgary, Alberta.
However, Montano indicated on her social network that she is suffering from a series of medical issues, and has had her tonsils removed.
This just in…. @arielhelwani is a huge waste of space. Everyone and their grandma knows about my condition. I’m 5days post tonsillectomy and adenoid removal surgery due to a bacterial infection that’s been inhibiting my practice all year. Soonest I can get back on the mats is 16 more days. The UFC not only knows about this but flew me out to Vegas themselves to get this surgery done ASAP so I can jump on getting a fight with Schevchenko lined up. If you’ve been a fan of mine then you know my mind set… no girl is anything I’m not. Who’s scared to fight? It’s what I do, it’s literally why I’m the anomaly here, because I was ranked #14 on the show and came out #1. It’s apparently in douchbag’s best interest to throw my name out to the wolves in order to stay relevant. I literally haven’t spoken a word in 5 days due to my condition and Mr. Poor Excuse of a Man has not only brought it upon himself to be the leader of idiot fans who don’t know the difference between MMA and UFC but also has the balls the size of a baby rat to say I’m scared while key board warrior over here is more than likely to eat a fat man’s ass than get in the octagon with HIS 125lbs Champ… 🎤 drop. …….. lesson of the day, don’t believe everything you read, idiots run their mouths. Ps, @arielhelwani you suck at your job, I heard MMA is looking for a better journalist who is actually knowledgeable #ufc #mma #wmma #yourstruly #fanboy #getoutofthekitchenifyoucantstandtheheat #nippeditinthebud #nicetry
4/24/18 This is where you should be getting your resources. #Repost @ndnsports with @get_repost ・・・ Fight Status Update from UFC Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano (Navajo): “I’ve been working on keeping an optimistic mindset through my chronic bacterial infection. It’s been keeping me out of the gym 2 weeks at a time. So I did blood work to make sure my system wasn’t crashing…and everything looked healthy, however my immune system is its own thang and is total crap right now, and has been for the whole year. It’s most likely due to a number of things, 4 weight cuts in 4 months is one. My birth control was another, so first thing I did was take out my implant. Second thing I’m going to do is remove my tonsils since my body randomly started rejecting them, however due to my immune system failing I currently have a respiratory infection and might not be able to undergo the surgery anytime soon. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been sick with streptococcus, flu, ear infections, sinus infections, and now this. All I want to do is train, that’s all I know! If you watched The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 or been around me in training, you know how hard I work, so being off the mats for weeks on end is not part of my regimen. I’m letting y’all know so I can stop getting asked when my next fight is. I clearly would love to get back in the octagon, but I’ve got to handle my battles one at a time.” #NativeAthlete #Navajo #UFC #TheChamp #GetWellSoon
Shevchenko appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and has a message for Montano.
“I think it would be very right to [vacate the title] because if you are not ready to fight, if you don’t want to fight, you have to leave the belt — you cannot hold it,” said Shevchenko, as transcribed by Peter Carroll for MMA Fighting. “If you are feeling that you have health issues and you cannot fight for a long time you just have to leave it. When you come back you have a right to fight for this belt again. It’s not the right thing to just hold [the belt] and say it’s mine forever. Either you are fighting and defending or you should step out.”
“First Nicco said she was ready for July 7th and they came back to her with July 28th, but she said no. I don’t know what she’s thinking. Maybe she thinks she has done everything she wanted to in her life and she’s ready to go and retire — I don’t know.
“I understand that she will be ready sometime at the end of the summer. I will be here waiting to fight for the title. She just can’t run all the time, you have to stop sometimes. I just do my job. I never stop training so I’m always in good shape. I just have to wait my time and see how it turns out.
“I feel a bit like she is [avoiding me], but I also think it could be her strategy. I don’t know if they have approached her for a date at the end of the summer, if not maybe she will accept it, but nobody can be sure if she will be fighting by then. Maybe at the very last second she could say that she still has some kind of injury and she cannot fight. Maybe it will happen, so I will continue to do my job and keep training.”
“I think another part of her plan is her thinking that I will lose my patience and ask for another fight. Then I will fight another fight and she will be expecting that something will happen in this fight. I’m waiting for my title fight. It will happen.”