Aspen Kohl Ladd (born March 1, 1995)[1] 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.[5][6][4] 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.[7]

Aspen Ladd
Aspen Ladd UFC229 weigh-in.jpg
Ladd poses after weigh-in at UFC 229 in 2018
BornAspen Kohl Ladd[1]
(1995-03-01) March 1, 1995 (age 26)
Folsom, California, United States
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight137 lb (62 kg; 9.8 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (2021–present)
Bantamweight (2016–present)
Flyweight (2013–2015)
Reach66[2] in (168 cm)
StyleBoxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
TeamMMAGOLD (2012–present)[3]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2015–present
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision2
By knockout1
By decision1
Amateur record
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision2
By knockout1
Other information
UniversityFolsom Lake College[4]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Ladd was born and grew up in Pioneer, California with two younger brothers and three younger sisters.[8][4] The younger of her brothers, Shaylor, is also a mixed martial artist.[9] 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.[10][11][12][9] 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.[9]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Invicta FCEdit

Following an amateur run of 8–1, which included 6 finishes, Ladd signed with Invicta FC in late 2014.[13]

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.[14] Ladd won the fight via TKO in the first round.[15]

Ladd next faced Amanda Cooper on September 12, 2015 at Invicta FC 14.[16] She submitted Cooper with an armbar towards the end of the second round.[17]

Ladd made her Bantamweight debut in a bout against Kelly McGill on March 11, 2016 at Invicta FC 16.[18] She won the fight via TKO in third round.[19]

Ladd faced Jessica Hoy on July 29, 2016 at Invicta FC 18.[20] 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.[21] She won the fight via TKO in the second round.[22]

Ladd would make her final appearance for the promotion when she faced Sijara Eubanks on January 14, 2017 at Invcita FC 21.[23] She won the fight via unanimous decision, marking the first time Ladd had failed to finish her opponent in her professional career.[24]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Ladd was scheduled to make her UFC debut against Jessica Eye on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.[25] However, the day of the event Ladd fell ill and the bout was canceled.[26]

Ladd eventually made her UFC debut against Lina Länsberg on October 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 118.[27] She won the bout via TKO in the second round, with a powerful war cry until the referee was forced to intervene.[28]

Ladd was scheduled to face Leslie Smith on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[29] 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.[30]

Ladd next faced former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[31] She won the fight via TKO in the first round.[32] This win earned her the Performance of the Night award.[33]

Ladd was scheduled to face Holly Holm on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235.[34] However, on January 31, 2019 it was reported the fight would no longer take place at the event.[35]

A rematch with Sijara Eubanks took place on May 18, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 152.[36] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[37] This fight earned her the Fight of the Night award.[38]

Ladd faced Germaine de Randamie on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155.[39] 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."[40] She lost the fight via technical knockout 16 seconds into round one, setting a women's bantamweight record and suffering her first professional loss.[41] Despite initially accepting the loss in a post-fight interview, Ladd appealed it in October on the grounds of premature stoppage.[42] However, the athletic commission voted 3–2 against the appeal, leaving the TKO loss intact.[43]

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.[44]

Ladd faced Yana Kunitskaya on December 7, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 7.[45] She won the fight via technical knockout in round three.[46]

Ladd was set to face Julianna Pena on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 8.[47] 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.[48] Instead Ladd was scheduled to face Sara McMann on June 27, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[49] However, Ladd suffered a training injury, tearing both her ACL and MCL and was forced to withdraw from the event.[50]

Ladd was scheduled to face Macy Chiasson on July 24, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw.[51] However, the bout was scrapped due to Chiasson suffering an injury.[52] The bout was rescheduled to UFC Fight Night 193 on October 2, 2021.[53] 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.[54]

Ladd faced Norma Dumont, replacing injured Holly Holm, in a featherweight bout on October 16, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 195.[55] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[56]

Personal lifeEdit

Ladd is in a relationship with her MMA coach Jim West.[57]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 9 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 1 0
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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