Nicco Montano Issues Statement On Her USADA Settlement Former UFC women\u2019s flyweight champion Nicco Montano is one of the four fighters who received six months of suspension from U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) earlier this week after failing an out-of-competition test taken on last October. She tested positive for banned substance Ostarine a contaminated supplement is the main culprit for that. The suspension is retroactive to Nov. 15, 2018, so that means she's eligible to return to Octagon by May 15. Yesterday Montano broke her silence on her USADA suspension and let her fans know that she's returning to Octagon this summer. "First and foremost, I would like to thank my friends, family, and all of my fans for their continued support during this difficult period in my life. As you all know, USADA was unable to locate the source of my contamination. I will continue to remain diligent in my responsibilities to USADA and the UFC. I would like to acknowledge Donna Marcolini and Jeff Novitzky with the UFC for their assistance in this process. This suspension has further inspired me to work even harder of achieving my goals in the UFC. I hope to make my return this summer." The former champ last fought back in December 2017 where she won the inaugural flyweight title on \u201cThe Ultimate Fighter 26" (TUF 26) after defeating short-notice replacement Roxanne Modafferi via decision. She was dealing with an array of medical issues that delayed her first title defense. Back in September UFC stripped of her flyweight title after she failed to make a weight which canceled her showdown with Valentina Shevchenko, who recently won the same title.