EXCLUSIVE: Montana De La Rosa talks UFC debut Friday, Married Life & TUF 26 Experience


Montana De La Rosa goes into Friday's TUF 26 Finale with a new UFC deal and a new name.

The former Montana Stewart got married after the filming of The Ultimate Fighter 26. After telling Fightful.com's James Lynch that she enjoyed the experience coming out of the show, 

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"Living with a bunch of girls was not as bad as I thought it would be. The girls were actually all really awesome. Everyone got along with everyone, even if we were fighting each other. We were making food for each other every once in a while. Being away from my daughter was the hardest thing I've ever done," said De La Rosa.

Following a fight in the TUF house, De La Rosa got props from UFC President Dana White. Even after the show wrapped, she told Fightful she didn't know she'd be facing Christina Marks yet.

"I'm really glad I'm on Dana's radar. He's really cool and I'm glad he came in there and gave me some kind words," she said. "I didn't know that I was going to fight on the finale. They gave me a good ten week camp."

In the full interview, Montana De La Rosa (formally Montana Stewart) (7-4) discusses her upcoming fight against Christina Marks (8-8) at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on Dec. 1. Montana also talks about recently getting married, her experience on TUF 26 and her training camp for this fight. Fightful.com will have full, live coverage of the show, including a post-show podcast covering UFC 218, the TUF 26 Finale and Bellator 189.

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