Aspen Kohl Ladd (born March 1, 1995) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2015, Ladd started her professional mixed martial arts career in Invicta FC. As of November 23, 2021, she is #4 in the UFC women's bantamweight rankingsand she is #14 in the UFC women's pound for pound rankings.
|Born||Aspen Kohl Ladd|
March 1, 1995
Folsom, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||137 lb (62 kg; 9.8 st)|
|Division||Featherweight (2021–present) |
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Folsom Lake College|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ladd was born and grew up in Pioneer, California with two younger brothers and three younger sisters. The younger of her brothers, Shaylor, is also a mixed martial artist. After being homeschooled until then, Ladd briefly attended Folsom Lake College, but then terminated her studies to fully focus on her mixed martial arts career. Having previously danced ballet and run long-distance, she started training martial arts around the age of 14 and made her amateur debut right after turning 18.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Ladd was scheduled to make her professional debut against Kristi Lopez on February 27, 2015 at Invicta FC 11. However, Lopez suffered an injury in training and was replaced by decorated grappler Ana Carolina Vidal. Ladd won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Ladd faced Jessica Hoy on July 29, 2016 at Invicta FC 18. During the weigh ins, Ladd missed weight, coming in 2.1 lbs over the bantamweight limit. She elected not to cut any additional weight and was fined 25 percent of her purse, which went to her opponent. The bout proceeded at a catchweight of 138.1 lbs. She won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Ladd would make her final appearance for the promotion when she faced Sijara Eubanks on January 14, 2017 at Invcita FC 21. She won the fight via unanimous decision, marking the first time Ladd had failed to finish her opponent in her professional career.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Ladd eventually made her UFC debut against Lina Länsberg on October 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 118. She won the bout via TKO in the second round, with a powerful war cry until the referee was forced to intervene.
Ladd was scheduled to face Leslie Smith on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128. At the weigh-ins, Ladd weighed in at 137.8 lbs, 1.8 lbs over the bantamweight non-title fight upper limit of 136 lbs. Ladd offered Leslie an additional $5,000 on top of her 20% purse deduction. However, the fight was removed from the card after Smith refused to fight at catchweight.
Ladd next faced former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229. She won the fight via TKO in the first round. This win earned her the Performance of the Night award.
Ladd faced Germaine de Randamie on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155. At the weigh-ins for the event on July 12, Ladd attracted media attention for having a noticeably difficult weight cut which included her trembling on the scale and wincing in pain while weighing in and was described by a journalist covering the event as "[looking] like she was on the verge of a serious medical mishap." However, Ladd was cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to fight and hours later at the ceremonial weigh-ins she dismissed the seriousness of the situation by saying "I feel fantastic, now. I mean it’s always a little bit rough, that was particularly rough but I made it, I’m feeling good, and I’m ready for tomorrow." She lost the fight via technical knockout 16 seconds into round one, setting a women's bantamweight record and suffering her first professional loss. Despite initially accepting the loss in a post-fight interview, Ladd appealed it in October on the grounds of premature stoppage. However, the athletic commission voted 3–2 against the appeal, leaving the TKO loss intact.
Ladd's bantamweight license was suspended by California State Athletic Commission after gaining 18 percent of her weight between weigh-ins and fight day against Germaine de Randamie at UFC on ESPN+ 13. "Extensive medical documentation" is needed to clear suspension.
Ladd was set to face Julianna Pena on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 8. However, Peña pulled out of the fight in early March citing an injury. In turn, promotion officials elected to remove Ladd from the card entirely, and the pairing is expected to be rescheduled at a future event. Instead Ladd was scheduled to face Sara McMann on June 27, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker. However, Ladd suffered a training injury, tearing both her ACL and MCL and was forced to withdraw from the event.
Ladd was scheduled to face Macy Chiasson on July 24, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. However, the bout was scrapped due to Chiasson suffering an injury. The bout was rescheduled to UFC Fight Night 193 on October 2, 2021. At the weigh-ins, Ladd weighed in at 137 pounds, one pound over the bantamweight non-title limit; due to health concerns resulting from her weight cut, the bout against Chiasson was cancelled.
Ladd is in a relationship with her MMA coach Jim West.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||9 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||9–2||Norma Dumont||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Ladd vs. Dumont||October 16, 2021||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||9–1||Yana Kunitskaya||TKO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik||December 7, 2019||3||0:33||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||8–1||Germaine de Randamie||TKO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd||July 13, 2019||1||0:16||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Sijara Eubanks||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee||May 18, 2019||3||5:00||Rochester, New York, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||7–0||Tonya Evinger||TKO (punches)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018||1||3:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||6–0||Lina Länsberg||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Till||October 21, 2017||2||2:33||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Win||5–0||Sijara Eubanks||Decision (unanimous)||Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet||January 14, 2017||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||4–0||Jessica Hoy||TKO (elbows and punches)||Invicta FC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel||July 29, 2016||2||3:14||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Catchweight (138.1 lb) bout; Ladd missed weight.|
|Win||3–0||Kelly McGill||TKO (elbows and punches)||Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown||March 11, 2016||3||1:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||2–0||Amanda Cooper||Submission (armbar)||Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad||September 12, 2015||2||4:42||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||1–0||Ana Carolina Vidal||TKO (punches and elbows)||Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet||February 27, 2015||1||4:21||Los Angeles, California, United States||Flyweight debut.|
Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Amateur record breakdown|
|9 matches||8 wins||1 loss|
|Win||8–1||Roma Pawelek||Technical submission (guillotine choke)||Tuff-N-Uff - The Future Stars of MMA||August 1, 2014||1||2:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the Tuff-N-Uff Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Loss||7–1||Cynthia Calvillo||Decision (unanimous)||West Coast FC 9||April 26, 2014||3||5:00||McClellan, California, United States||Lost the West Coast FC Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Madeline Simmons Kidder||TKO (punches)||West Coast FC 8||February 15, 2014||1||2:02||Sacramento, California, United States||Won the West Coast FC Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Silvia Babaeghian||Decision (unanimous)||Ultimate Reno Combat 44||October 5, 2013||3||5:00||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Leslie Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||West Coast FC 6||August 3, 2013||3||5:00||Placerville, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Veronica Carousos||Submission (armbar)||Ultimate Reno Combat 42||July 20, 2013||1||0:25||Reno, Nevada, United States||Won the Ultimate Reno Combat Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Karla Gonzalez-Santoyo||TKO (strikes)||Ultimate Reno Combat 41||June 1, 2013||1||2:08||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2–0||Michelle Mix||Submission (armbar)||Ultimate Reno Combat 40||April 13, 2013||1||1:08||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jaimelene Nievera||Submission (Americana)||Montbleu Resort & WFC - MMA at the Lake||March 15, 2013||2||2:14||Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States|
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- "Jessica Eye vs. Aspen Ladd scratched from tonight's TUF 25 Finale lineup". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
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- Marc Raimondi (October 14, 2019). "Aspen Ladd to appeal 16-second TKO loss to Germaine de Randamie". espn.com.
- Damon Martin (October 15, 2019). "Aspen Ladd's appeal denied to have loss to Germaine de Randamie overturned". mmafighting.com.
- "Aspen Ladd's bantamweight license suspended in California, can be cleared via 'extensive documentation'". MMA Junkie. 2019-08-09. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
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- "Aspen Ladd's troubling weigh-in leads to UFC Fight Night 193 bout cancellation". MMA Junkie. 2021-10-01. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
- "Aspen Ladd replaces Holly Holm, meets Norma Dumont in new UFC Fight Night 195 main event". MMA Junkie. 2021-10-07. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
- Anderson, Jay (2021-10-16). "UFC Vegas 40 Results: Norma Dumont Wins Underwhelming Fight Against Returning Aspen Ladd". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-10-17.
- Harkness, Ryan (October 17, 2021). "Aspen Ladd's coach Jim West responds to cornering criticism: 'I may have been a little harsh'". MMA Mania. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
That led to her coach / boyfriend Jim West throwing what most watching agreed was pretty harsh criticism at his fighter / girlfriend.
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