Aspen Ladd

USA

Loses appeal to CSAC
BantamweightUFC
October 15, 2019
Ladd was unsuccessful in her appeal of her UFC Sacramento loss to Germaine De Randamie, Mark Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ladd had been attempting to get her loss changed to a no-contest on the basis of gender discrimination, as her main argument was that referee Herb Dean stopped the fight early due a subconscious gender bias, given that the two fighters were female. Dean even appeared to testify at the hearing, and when it was all said and done, the commission voted to uphold the TKO loss by a vote of 3-2. Ladd's first career loss will ultimately be upheld, leaving her with a 8-1 career record. She also may not be able to fight at bantamweight in the state of California again, as the commission also passed a measure to cancel any fights where a fighter weights in more than 15 percent above their contracted weight on fight day. Ladd weighed in at 159 pounds for her fight with de Randamie that was set to take place at bantamweight (135 pounds), resulting in her license getting suspended afterwards. A move up to featherweight could effectively be in order if other state commissions decide to follow suite with California's decision.
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License suspended in California
BantamweightUFC
August 9, 2019
Ladd's California bantamweight license was suspended on Friday, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ladd suspended license is due to her weighing in at 159 pounds the day of a fight after weighing in at 135 pounds at official weigh ins the day prior. She was 17 percent over the bantamweight limit of 136 on fight day, and California State Athletic Commision regulations allow the commision to require a fighter move up a class if they are more than 10 percent over the weight limit on the day of a fight. Her bantamweight suspension is only effective in California and shouldn't impact her ability to fight at UFC Washington on December 7.
Added to UFC Washington
BantamweightUFC
August 9, 2019
Ladd will fight Yana Kunitskaya at UFC Washington on Dec. 7, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports. However, she is expected to have to send in "extensive documentation" after losing her bantamweight license in California in order to compete in the bout, according to MMAJunkie.com.
ANALYSIS
Ladd is coming off of her first career UFC loss just 16 seconds into her fight with Germaine de Randamie after three straight victories to open her career. She will surrender a two-inch reach advantage to Kunitskaya, but she lands a slightly higher rate of strikes per minute and has been much more efficient with her takedown attempts and defenses. Kunitskaya rides a two-bout winning streak into the match after losing the first of her career against Cris Cyborg.
Suffers first career loss
BantamweightUFC
July 13, 2019
Ladd lost to Germaine de Randamie via TKO (punches) at 0:16 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
Well, that's one way to lose a perfect record. The stoppage from referee Herb Dean was probably a tad early, but Ladd got clocked with one monster right hand and one follow-up shot and was clearly on dream street. Dean didn't give her a chance to recover, but she was clearly hurt pretty badly. Dropping her first main event in her native California will be a bitter pill for Ladd to swallow, but she won't turn 25 years of age until next March and remains one of the division's brightest prospects. Ladd will be back and better than ever.
Booked for UFC Sacramento
BantamweightUFC
May 29, 2019
Ladd has been booked to take on Germaine de Randamie at UFC Sacramento, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
It's been just one week since Ladd took down Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 152, and now the 24-year-old already has her next fight booked. Ladd will now have the opportunity to make it a perfect 9-0 to start her professional career and really prove her worth against "The Iron Lady," who has won four straight fights in the Octagon and previously competed for UFC gold. Ladd will be giving up three inches in height and five inches in reach, but has plenty of grappling ability to fall back on if the striking of de Randamie becomes too much.
Remains undefeated as pro
BantamweightUFC
May 18, 2019
Ladd defeated Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
ANALYSIS
A rematch of a January 2017 Invicta bout between these two ladies, this one ended the exact same way -- a unanimous-decision win for Ladd. The 24-year-old is young, athletic, and has pop in her hands, but she tends to get involved in needless brawls. That's going to hurt her when she starts going up against competition that is better than Eubanks, but she is absolutely young enough to make those corrections to her game plan. It also earned her $50,000 this time out, as the two women were given Fight of the Night honors. Furthermore, Ladd also scored on all three of her takedown attempts in this fight, but that appeared to be more the result of Eubanks being exhausted as opposed to anything else. Ladd has plenty going for her, but she remains a work in progress.