It would have made for one of the greatest Cinderella stories in mixed martial arts history: Veteran Roxanne Modafferi, one of the pioneers of the women’s side of the sport, earning a UFC championship as a last-minute replacement.
But it just wasn’t meant to be, as another underdog story played out instead on Friday night in Las Vegas: Nicco Montano, the 14th seed on The Ultimate Fighter 26 tournament, became the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.
Montano got the better of Modafferi in a hard-fought scrap, earning the title in the main event of the TUF 26 Finale at the Park Theater by unanimous decision on judges’ scores of 50-45 and a pair of 49-46s.
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