Nicco Montano and Roxanne Modafferi went to war to crown the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s flyweight title holder.
Montano landed a leg kick early. A combination was there for Modafferi. Montano answered with a left hand. Modafferi landed a body kick. They tied up and Montano landed a knee to the body. Montano caught a kick and took her opponent down. Modafferi looked for an armbar, but nothing doing. Modafferi scored a takedown near the end of the round.
Mdoafferi landed a right hand early in the second round and put the pressure on. Montano locked in triangle and rained down elbows. Modafferi survived the round.
Round three was contested on the feet. Modafferi looked to have the edge in the round if you go by statistics. Montano came on strong near the end as both fighters traded leather.
Modafferi looked a bit off balanced by a punch early in the fourth round. Montano landed a leg kick and her strikes began to flow. At this point, Montano was winning the striking battle in the fight. She had a combination that sent Modafferi backing back. Montano took her opponent down. She looked for a knee. Blood poured from the nose of Montano and Modafferi began landing combinations. Montano sensed danger and took Modafferi down after eating a knee.
A combination connected for Montano. Modafferi was taken down. She rained down some ground-and-pound before choosing to stand back up. Modafferi went for her own takedown, but it was reversed and she ended up on her back. An uppercut was there for Montano. Modafferi’s armbar attempt went nowhere. Modafferi once again attacked the arm, but Montano popped her arm free. The fight ended with both fighters slugging it out.
All three judges scored the fight for Montano, who is now the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.
Final Result: Nicco Montano def. Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46)