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MMA: Montaño to return

Albuquerque MMA fighter Nicco Montaño is scheduled to return to the cage on July 13 after a 19-month absence.

The UFC announced that Montaño (4-2), the first-ever UFC women’s flyweight (125-pound) champion, will move to the 135-pound bantamweight class to face Sara McMann (11-5) in Sacramento, Calif.

Montaño won the flyweight title in December 2017 by defeating Roxanne Modaferri in the final of The Ultimate Fighter 26. But after rehabbing a broken foot and undergoing tonsil and adenoid removal surgery, she was unable to make weight for what would have been her first title defense in September against Valentina Shevchenko.

The UFC stripped Montaño of the title and later dropped her from its flyweight rankings.

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