Aspen Ladd


Ticketed for July 24 return
April 6, 2021
Ladd (knee) will take on Macy Chiasson on the July 24 UFC Fight Night card, reports.
Ladd suffered a torn ACL and MCL last June and faced a long recovery because of it. She was reportedly targeting the spring of 2021 early last November but will wait a little longer for her chance to get back into the Octagon. Ladd, who sports a 9-1-0 professional record and a 4-1-0 mark in the UFC, has a tough challenge ahead of her in Chiasson, who owns a 9-1-0 record as a professional and is 5-1-0 in the UFC. Ladd will surrender a whopping five inches of height and six of reach to her opposition, so she may need to focus on getting her opponent to the mat.
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Targeting spring return to Octagon
November 2, 2020
Ladd is progressing well in her rehab from the torn ACL and MCL she sustained in early June, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports. "Aspen does [physical therapy] two or three times a day, five times a week, so she's really putting a lot of work," her coach, Jim West, said. "Last I heard, she's about five or six weeks ahead of guess is you're probably gonna see Aspen fight sometime around the end of February, the beginning of March."
Ladd suffered the serious knee injury while training ahead of a June 27 bout with Sara McMann that was ultimately cancelled. The 25-year-old appears to be coming along well from surgery, and if her rehab continues as planned, she should be ready to return to the Octagon early in the spring. According to West, Ladd is looking to rebook a fight with Julianna Pena, who was forced to withdraw from a previously agreed upon matchup in March due to an injury of her own.
Suffers injury
June 19, 2020
Ladd suffered an injury in training and is out of her next fight against Sara McMann on June 27, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN Ladd did indeed suffer a torn ACL and MCL. She is expected to find out next week if the injury will require surgery, which will leave her out for the next nine months. McMann should get her replacement announced in the coming days.
Bout versus McMann in works
May 18, 2020
Ladd is expected to take on Sara McMann at a UFC event set to take place June 27, Mike Bohn of reports.
This event was originally supposed to take place in Austin, TX, but the COVID-19 situation cancelled those plans. While a new location is not yet set, the event is on track to take place. Ladd sports a 4-1 UFC record and 9-1 overall. She is also ranked No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY sports rankings and is coming off a win over Yana Kunitskaya. Her opponent, McMann, is 6-5 in the UFC and won her most recent fight against Lina Lansberg.
Opponent for UFC Columbus withdraws
March 6, 2020
Ladd will no longer fight Julianna Pena (undisclosed) in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Columbus on March 28, reports.
Ladd will have to wait to re-book a fight with Pena, who has been forced to withdraw from UFC Columbus due to an undisclosed injury. An alternate opponent won't be sought out. Ladd is coming off a win against Yana Kunitskaya, and she'll look to tally another victory against Pena once her opponent is healthy enough to enter the octagon.
Booked for UFC Columbus
January 27, 2020
Ladd will take on Julianna Pena in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Columbus on March 28, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Ladd suffered her first professional loss in July, but she managed to bounce back in December by defeating Yana Kunitskaya via TKO (punches) at UFC Washington. Ladd exhibited her aggressive nature in the Octagon during the fight and landed a massive left hook in Round 3 to give her the win. Pena entered the Octagon in July for the first time since January 2017, defeating Nicco Montano via unanimous decision at UFC Sacramento. Pena was on a 4-1 run prior to her absence, but it's unclear how much she'll be affected given that she has a lot of ground to make up on the competition. The two fighters are even in height, but Pena has a slight advantage in reach.