Nicco Montano made UFC history when she defeated Roxanne Modafferi at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale to become the first ever UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion.
Now that she is the champion, the UFC President in Dana White says a lot of challengers are going to aim for the target on her back -- and around her waist.
“It’s a difficult position for her to be in as the champion,” White said after the event. “Everyone’s gunning for her. She’s going to have to go work hard. The thing about her: She’s 4-2. I don’t remember if it was her or Sijara (Eubanks) that was picked last. She was the least favored to win the show. She’s the champ now. Everybody on earth is going to want to fight her. That’s part of being the champion. But being the promoter of it, I love it. I think it’s awesome. I think she’s a tough, gritty little girl, and I think everyone is going to be gunning for her.”
There are no ranked fighters to challenge the champion, but that is expected to change when the women’s flyweight division rankings are released shortly by the promotion.
White also expects top ranked fighters from other divisions to make their case for a shot at the new champion.
“There hasn’t been as much movement from (135) and (115) as I thought there would be,” White said. “I bet there’s going to be a lot now, though. So we’ll see what happens.”
Montano was supposed to fight Sijara Eubanks at the TUF 26 Finale, but Eubanks pulled out of their fight the day before.