In the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 Finale (TUF 26 Finale) event last night (Fri. December 1, 2017), the first-ever UFC women’s flyweight champion in history was crowned. Young Nicco Montano took on longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Roxanne Modafferi for the honor.
Montano entered the fight 3-2 in her professional MMA career, and went undefeated in her TUF tenure to earn her spot in the finals against Modafferi. A title win so young in the 28-year-old’s MMA career would be a huge statement to make in the sport’s biggest promotion.
Modafferi is no stranger to the TUF lifestyle, having been on the program’s 18th season back in 2013. She was eventually eliminated from the show. Modafferi has fought for various promotions all round the world throughout her fighting career, and with a record of 21-13, her experience edge gave her a huge advantage over Montano.
The pair went to war in a back-and-fourth five round affair that saw each woman have their respective moments to shine. When it was all said and done, however, the judges believed that Montano did enough to walk away from the cage as the promotion’s first-ever female 125-pound champion.
You can check out the full fight video highlights below:
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