Nicco Montano Is Tired Of Misconceptions Says “It’s 2018 And people Still Ask Whether We Live In Buckskin And Teepees.”
UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano won her UFC belt through season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter after defeating Roxanne Modafferi via decision back in December of 2017. Montano was injured entering the contest but bravely fought through all the pain to earn the victory. She remained inactive since then after She’s dealt with a multitude of health problems.
The life of UFC champion is not always the easiest, and for some, it’s a bit more stressful than others.
Montano is one of the cases who opens as a massive underdog of any UFC champion in history, returns in the co-main event of UFC 228 to defend the title for the first time against former bantamweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko.
Montano is Navajo, Chickasaw, and Hispanic, and brought up on the Navajo Reservation, despite that she identifies herself as native. She said it’s that sense of identity that was taught to her during her adolescence, and that kept her close to her community.
When Montano won her belt, it was a period of motivation for those of her heritage; it wasn’t all that easy. Now all the spotlight is on her; stereotypes will always follow. Those sentiments carried over to UFC, who requested her to wear a native costume, to that She clarified her stance on this issue. (Via Bleacher Report)
“[People] think we live in buckskin and teepees,” Montano told Bleacher Report. “It’s 2018 and there are still people who ask that question. [UFC] literally wanted me to put on a costume. They literally wanted to see me coming out with war paint on my face. They think ‘Native’ and they think these things. I don’t want to be the token Native. I don’t want to be blasted on posters with a headdress on and with buckskin and a loin cloth.”
Montano said, wearing such a costume wouldn’t represent where she came from instead she wants to share her cultural story to the world so they can well aware of where I come from. Nicco Montano also added, she wouldn’t be wearing any stereotypical costume during promotions, but she’ll be fighting for her native culture at UFC 228 on Saturday.