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Nicco Montaño (born December 16, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She was the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Champion.[1] As September 23, 2019, she is #14 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankings.[2]

Nicco Montaño
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BornNicco Montaño
(1988-12-16) December 16, 1988 (age 30)
Lukachukai, Arizona, United States[1]
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionFlyweight (2016–2018)
Bantamweight (2015–2016, 2019-present)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
StyleBoxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States
TeamJackson's MMA
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Chris Jones[1]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By decision2
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: #artandfeminism


Of Navajo, Chickasaw, and Hispanic descent, Montaño was born (1988-12-16)December 16, 1988 in Lukachukai, Arizona. She graduated from Chinle High School in 2006 then she attended ASU college, in Tempe, AZ before transferring to Diné College in Tsaile, AZ, and finally ending up at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was there, in Durango she signed up at Durango Martial Arts Academy and ignited her passion for martial arts.[3]

Montaño began training in boxing at an early age. She eventually took up jiu-jitsu before becoming an MMA fighter in 2013.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

After an amateur career that saw her produce a record of 5-0, Montaño made her professional mixed martial arts debut in November 2015. Competing primarily for King of the Cage, where she won the KOTC Women's Flyweight Championship, Montaño compiled a record of 3–2 before joining the cast of The Ultimate Fighter 26 in mid 2017.[1]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In August 2017, it was announced that Montaño was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion.[5]

In her first fight on the show, Montaño faced UFC veteran Lauren Murphy. She won the fight via unanimous decision after two rounds.[6]

In the quarterfinals, Montaño faced off against Montana Stewart. She won the fight via unanimous decision after two rounds.[7]

In the semifinals, Montaño faced former Invicta FC Flyweight Champion Barb Honchak. She won the fight via unanimous decision after three rounds.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Montaño was expected to fight Sijara Eubanks for the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Championship at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on December 1, 2017.[8] However, Eubanks was pulled from the fight for kidney failure while trying to make weight, and was replaced by Roxanne Modafferi.[9][10] Montaño won the fight via unanimous decision and claimed the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Championship title.[11] This win also earned her the Fight of the Night bonus.[12]. At the post fight interview, Montaño revealed her financial struggles prior to her win and her appreciation for the prize money she was about to receive[13][14]:

“We were dirt poor just before tonight in all reality. I’m going to go move to an apartment with some water pressure, and buy some good food and treats for my cats.”[15]

Montaño was scheduled to face Valentina Shevchenko on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228.[16] However, prior to the weigh-ins for the event, Montaño was transported to a hospital due to the effects of weight cutting and the bout was cancelled.[17] Montaño was subsequently stripped of the UFC Women Flyweight title.[18]

It was reported that on April 23, 2019, Montaño was suspended by USADA for 6 months for tested positive for ostarine from an out-of-competition test conducted on October 25, 2018. Suspension retroactive from November 15, 2018. She is eligible to fight again in May 15, 2019.[19]

Montaño was expected to face Sara McMann in a bantamweight bout on July 13, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 13.[20] However, McMann pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Julianna Peña.[21] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
7 matches 4 wins 3 losses
By knockout 2 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 2 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 4–3 Julianna Peña Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 4–2 Roxanne Modafferi Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale December 1, 2017 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Championship. Won The Ultimate Fighter 26 Women's Flyweight Tournament. Fight of the Night. Later stripped of the title due to injury.
Loss 3–2 Julia Avila Decision (unanimous) HD MMA 7: Avila vs. Montaño January 7, 2017 5 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States For the HD MMA Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Jamie Milanowski TKO (punches) KOTC: Social Disorder October 8, 2016 4 4:34 Sloan, Iowa, United States Won the KOTC Women's Flyweight Championship.
Win 2–1 Shana Dobson Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Will Power August 13, 2016 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Flyweight debut.
Loss 1–1 Pam Sorenson Decision (split) KOTC: Frozen War February 20, 2016 3 5:00 Walker, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Stacey Sigala TKO (punches) KOTC: Evolution November 20, 2015 1 4:15 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Bantamweight debut.


Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Barb Honchak Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion November 22, 2017 (air date) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 26 Semi-Finals.
Win 2–0 Montana De La Rosa Decision (unanimous) November 15, 2017 (air date) 2 5:00 TUF 26 Quarter-Finals.
Win 1–0 Lauren Murphy Decision (unanimous) September 20, 2017 (air date) 2 5:00 TUF 26 preliminary round.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Nicco Montano, the daughter of a boxer trying to make it". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  2. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "TUF 26's Nicco Montano began following late father's legacy as a drug lord before she ever realized it". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  5. ^ "Barb Honchak, Roxanne Modafferi among TUF 26 cast members revealed". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  6. ^ "Episode No. 4 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  7. ^ "Episode No. 10 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  8. ^ a b "Episode No. 11 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  9. ^ "Roxanne Modafferi replaces Sijara Eubanks in TUF 26 Finale's inaugural title fight". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  10. ^ "'TUF 26' finalist Sijara Eubanks breaks silence on weight miss that scrapped UFC title shot". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  11. ^ "TUF 26 Finale results: Nicco Montano outlasts courageous Roxanne Modafferi to claim UFC title". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  12. ^ a b "Bonus Time! Johns, Meerschaert Lead TUF 26 Winners". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  13. ^ "TUF 26 Finale salaries: New UFC champ Nicco Montano banks $100,000". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  14. ^ "New UFC women's flyweight champ Nicco Montano fought Roxanne Modaferri with broken foot". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  15. ^ "New UFC women's flyweight champ Nicco Montano fought Roxanne Modaferri with broken foot". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  16. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-07-18). "Nicco Montaño to defend flyweight title vs. Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  17. ^ Brett Okamoto (2018-09-07). "UFC women's flyweight champion Nicco Montano won't defend title after being transported to hospital". Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  18. ^ "Dana White says Nicco Montaño is no longer the UFC women's flyweight champion". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  19. ^ "Nicco Montano, Sean O'Malley Among Four Fighters Suspended by USADA for Ostarine". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  20. ^ "Cynthia Calvillo-Livinha Souza, Ryan Hall-Darren Elkins among UFC Sacramento bouts announced". MMA Junkie. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  21. ^ Damon Martin (2018-06-19). "With Sara McMann out, Nicco Montano expected to face Julianna Pena at UFC Sacramento". Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  22. ^ "UFC Sacramento: Julianna Pena grinds out decision victory over Nicco Montano". FanSided. 2019-07-13. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  23. ^ "Nicco Montano MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-09-23.

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Awards and achievements
Inaugural Champion 1st UFC Women's Flyweight Champion
December 1, 2017 - September 7, 2018
Title next held by
Valentina Shevchenko