Former UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano was one of four fighters recently suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for ingesting a contaminated substance.
A suspended Montano would take to Instagram to issue a statement on the suspension:
First and foremost, I would like to thank my friends, family, and all of my fans for their continued support during this difficult period in my life. As you all know, USADA was unable to locate the source of my contamination. I will continue to remain diligent in my responsibilities to USADA and the UFC. I would like to acknowledge Donna Marcolini and Jeff Novitzky with the UFC for their assistance in this process. This suspension has further inspired me to work even harder of achieving my goals in the UFC. I hope to make my return this summer. #ufc #yeegonicco #warriorspirit #nativepride #wmma #fighter #nevergiveup #followyourbliss
Montano hasn’t competed since winning the UFC Women’s Flyweight Title at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, which took place in December of 2017. Montano has since been stripped of the title for failing to defend said gold, with Valentina Shevchenko now being the divisional champion. Montano said in the Instagram statement that she plans on returning to the Octagon this summer, but no particular date was mentioned.