Nicco MontanoThe voices of the filmmakers behind a documentary about her career have now been heard to agree to blur a scene where her nude body is exposed.
Warrior Spirit director Landon Dyksterhouse has confirmed that he will be blurring a scene in his film where Montano is exposed as she’s shedding weight for a scheduled fight against Valentina Shevchenko in UFC 228 in 2018.
“Nicco has been offered every opportunity to watch the film and flag anything offensive and not flag anything, however, we respect Nicco and are ready to move forward and will take steps to blur the footage, Dyksterhouse said in a statement first sent to MyMMANews.com. “We stand with the film and regret any problems this has caused.
“Throughout the Warrior Spirit rollout, the goal was to shed light around improving conditions for all UFC fighters, including the weight reduction process, boxer pay, health insurance and overall health.”
Montano recently appeared on The Fighter vs. The Writer where she expressed her opposition to the scene being included in the film against her wishes.
While she has yet to get a chance to actually see the documentary, Montano doesn’t appreciate any nudity included in the film. She says it has nothing to do with the actual story of her career after becoming the first Native American UFC champion.
“I heard that it was a great documentary, and that it won many awards and many other things,” said Montano. “But the reality is that the documentary is about Native Americans being exploited and the whole genocide with the government and how UFC fighters are exploited by the UFC. It is hypocritical that they say all this because I am definitely being taken advantage of here.
“I never said I was allowed exposure on film and when I asked about them taking it down they just said I don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s a good movie, everyone loves it. love its impact. . Like OK, you’re going astray. I still don’t want to be exposed for anyone to see because I don’t receive any royalties, I don’t get any refund from this documentary. Like nothing.”
Dyksterhouse initially defended the film’s use of nudity, saying it was “entirely part of the story” of the story that Montano was exposed during a brutal weight loss to protect his identity. Her first mark.