Montano misses weight by 7 pounds, UFC return canceled
Nicco Montano's first trip to the scale in over two years didn't go as planned.
The former UFC women's flyweight champion missed weight by seven pounds Friday morning, and her bantamweight bout against Wu Yanan has been canceled, the promotion announced.
Montano appeared drained while tipping the scale at 143 pounds.
Montano has been at the center of weight issues in the past, most notably ahead of a scheduled title defense against current champion Valentina Shevchenko in 2018. She was hospitalized due to a bad cut on weigh-in day and subsequently stripped of her 125-pound belt.
Injuries, other medical issues, and a positive COVID-19 test have kept Montano out of action since July 2019, when she lost to Julianna Pena in her second UFC bout. That fight took place at bantamweight after Montano made her debut as a flyweight.
The 32-year-old captured the inaugural women's flyweight title in December 2017 with a decision win over Roxanne Modafferi following a stint on "The Ultimate Fighter 26."
Saturday's UFC Fight Night event features a middleweight contest between Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland.