The filmmaker behind former UFC flyweight champ Nicco Montano’s “Warrior Spirit” documentary has agreed to blur out a brief moment of nudity during the film.
Montano was the UFC’s inaugural flyweight champion and first Native American champion in the promotion’s history. She earned the belt by defeating Roxanne Modafferi on The Ultimate Fighter: 26 but was stripped ahead of her first scheduled defense against Valentina Shevchenko after failing to make weight.
Montano has had a well-documented history of weight misses in the UFC, and she felt compelled to make a documentary based on what FUC fighters have to go through leading up to a fight. However, Montano was quickly not happy with the film’s production after the production crew failed to blur a brief moment of nudity while changing clothes during a brutal weight cut.
After Montano protested the film and criticized the filmmakers for the debacle, the crew agreed to blur the brief moment of nudity.
Nicco Montano’s UFC Career Fell Apart Due To Multiple Weight Cutting Misses
“Warrior Spirit” has already won numerous awards from the Albuquerque Film and Entertainment Festival this year. At 32, it’s unclear if Montano’s fighting career is completely over or just in a brief hiatus.
Montano last competed in the octagon against Julianna Pena at UFC Fight Night 155, losing to the fellow TUF alum by a unanimous decision. She was supposed to fight in July but missed the bantamweight limit by nearly seven pounds.
In total, Montano has had six fights canceled in the UFC due to her weight misses. She’s also had three other instances in which the opponent has missed weight and prompted the withdrawal of the bout from a card.
It’s uncertain as to whether or not Montano will eventually return to MMA, but for now, she wants to bring light to the ongoing debate surrounding weight cutting in the UFC and the sport in general.
Have you seen the Nicco Montano documentary? What are your thoughts on weight cutting in the UFC?