Nicco Montaño is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She was the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Champion.
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John Bartolo interviews Nicco Montano
John welcomes Nicco Montano, an American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She was the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. Of Navajo, Chickasaw, and Hispanic descent, Montano was born in Lukachukai, Arizona.
In a vey interesting conversation about the Navajos and indigenous tribes, Montano talks to John about the history of oppression and struggle they faced. She elaborates on the Long Walk, the treaties, the Reservation, Casinos, Moose hunts, the pandemic, politics and other such topics.
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0:18—John thanks the sponsors before he starts the show.
0:53—John welcomes Nicco Montano, an American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She was the inaugural UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. Of Navajo, Chickasaw, and Hispanic descent, Montano was born in Lukachukai, Arizona.
3:31—Montano talks about her tribe and the history of the Navajos.
7:55—John asks Montano about how she got into fighting and Montano talks about her childhood at the Reservation and her wrestling with her cousins. Since her father was a boxer, she learnt from him and then moved to jujitsu. She had full family support to pursue fighting.
10:17—Montano talks about winning the belt and the resounding welcome she got when she went back home to the Reservation. She also talks about the roadblocks and hardships she faced after the victory.
15:12—John and Montano talk about their experiences with jujitsu. Montano talks about her accident and the concussion she got and how she had to deal with it.
20:57—John asks Montano about preparing for a Moose hunt and Montano elaborates about how she went Moose hunting with friends. She talks about how amazing and surreal it was out there. She talks about her previous hunting experiences, hunting etiquette, and planning before the hunt.
38:09—Montano talks about the Long Walk from Arizona to Bosque Redondo in New Mexico. She recounts how the Navajo people dealt with the colonizers, the Monument Rock, Canyon de Chelly, the truce, the signing of the treaties, and the false promises of the government.
44:01—John asks Montano what she thinks is the solution to the problems. Montano replies that it is the recognition and the respect that is needed.
53:20—Montano mentions that there are a few documentaries about the struggle, and there is one about her too.
54:55—John and Montano talk about the Republican and Democratic parties.
59:20—Montano talks about the pandemic and quarantine teaching people what it feels like to have their rights being taken away. People are in the same spot as the oppressed indigenous tribes.
1:03—John thanks Montano for coming on the show. He also thanks the sponsors. He requests the everybody to leave reviews after watching the show.
5:46— “When people were discovering America--we were here before that. We’re not technically Native Americans, because it wasn’t America when we were living here.” Nicco Montano
18:37— “Whether you are Italian, Irish or whatever, people will have these heroes, they say that this person did this, and they can follow that path. So, no matter how it turns out for you, you are going to be an inspiration for someone who can follow that path.” John Bartolo
18:55— “Leading by example has been a real eye-opener for me because I am able to really work my best and exceed my potential. I am capable of a lot more.” Nicco Montano
35:11— “I still fully indulge in these cultural-traditional ways of thinking because they can be applied to life.” Nicco Montano
48:56— “People are always going to be offensive. They can be in a room with a thousand people, and they are not going to rub everyone the right way. That’s part of life.” John Bartolo
49:09-- “I am one of the most offensive people that walks the planet. But I try to be respectful. There is a difference.” John Bartolo
50:20— “A joke is only funny because of the reality of it. If you don’t even know the reality of what you are saying…you cross the line.” Nicco Montano
1:00— “I just want to be like a walking encyclopedia for my people, to be an ambassador.” Nicco Montano