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Nicco Montano, UFC’s First Navajo Champion, Sends Message of Hope (TUF 26 Finale)

After Nicco Montano captured the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, she recounted her time in the fighter house on the show and how her upbringing on a Navajo reservation helped develop the resolve she needed to be one of the lowest ranked fighters on the show, but still overcome the odds and defeat the Top 3 seeds to win the title.

Another UFC win for B.C.’s Kajan Johnson

Burns Lake native Kajan Johnson (top) scored a big win Saturday at UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Burns Lake native Kajan Johnson (top) scored a big win Saturday at UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

There are a lot of good guys in the sport of MMA that you can’t help but cheer for. Local fighter Kajan Johnson (21-11-1) is near the top of that list, and he was back in a UFC Octagon Saturday night.

It’s been a lifetime of adversity for the 31-year-old from Burns Lake. For well over a decade, Johnson’s one dream was to make it to the UFC, but a second career-threatening orbital bone injury in 2012 almost derailed those plans. Read the rest of this entry