UFC Vegas 40 – Aspen Ladd Address Critics Ahead Of Norma Dumont Fight

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UFC Bantamweight sensation Aspen Ladd is well aware of the numerous eyebrows raised due to her Main Event inclusion at the UFC Fight Night 195 (UFC Vegas 39) but believes that those questions are raised from a half baked perspective.

Ladd (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) was named as a late replacement opponent for Norma Dumont (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) but really believes that a name popped up after all the options for the spot were properly weighed.

“We were the ones that were ready to take it,” Ladd told MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s media day at the UFC Apex. “I mean, you’ve got to use your brain a little bit there – a little bit of deductive reasoning. After the last one, you think they called me first? No, they called other people, and it’s a dangerous opponent on short notice. Nobody else took it. We did, so we get the opportunity.”

Mercy Chiasson lost her opportunity to to perform two weeks ago due to the fact that Aspen Ladd was unable to make weight and shook repeatedly while weighing 2 pounds above the weight limit for the fight.

Chiasson decided not to fight Ladd after that incidence but the latter wouldn’t have done that if she was in Chiasson’s position

“I don’t blame the other fighter,” Ladd said. “I mean, in the reverse of the situation, I would have taken it, but that’s just because also she’s getting a fair chunk of my purse. But everybody reacts to things differently and makes her own decisions, and she chose not to fight – and that’s, as I said, her right.”

Even Ladd had no idea hear move from Bantamweight to Featherweight will see her move straight into the main event of her next call up. All she wanted was to fight and it doesn’t matter who was put in front of her. However, She was well aware of the Danger Norma was bringing to the fight

“As soon as Holly fell out – and I don’t know who they called first, so I’m assuming they probably called other people, but Norma is a dangerous opponent – I didn’t know anything about her,” Ladd said. “I didn’t know it was five rounds. I didn’t know it was a main event. I just knew that Holly was out and the fight was ’45, and it was like, ‘All right, sweet. This feels kind of like fate. Let’s do it.”

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