The past two years have not been great for Aspen Ladd, considering her progress in the UFC. After beating Yana Kunitskaya by TKO in December 2019, Ladd spent most of 2020 tearfully recovering from both her ACL and MCL.
Prior to the injury, she lost a duel with this weekend’s title challenger Julianna Pena, who withdrew from a fight with her own injury. Ladd’s knee injury kept her out of the fight with former title challenger Sara McMann.
A year after being injured, Ladd was asked to return against TUF winner Macy Chiasson at July UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. However, that fight was aborted due to Chiasson’s injury. The fight was rescheduled to October.
At the fight weigh-ins, Ladd shivered, which we’ve seen in her before, and exceeded the bantamweight limit by 1 lb. Even though it looks like she could go crazy, she was made to weigh in the second and can hit 136 lbs. The fight was canceled anyway, citing a promotion over health concerns for Ladd.
A few weeks later, Ladd stepped in on short notice to fight Norma Dumont, in featherweight, in the eye-catching UFC Fight Night 195 bout. Ladd lost that bout, having already lost the fight. many deviations because it lacks action, by unanimous decision.
Following a weight loss loss in October, Ladd was targeted by former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who recently returned to action after a five-year hiatus. Tate accuse Ladd of trying to cheat on the scales, by hovering her arms and trying to reallocate her weight.
Those claims were met with scathing comments from Ladd (and associate) head coach Jim West. Tate and West had a the spirit returns and returns on this issue. Tate later appealed to West for his stern advice on his dark side during his battle with Dumont.
Now, it seems, Ladd is eager to bring all this hatred into the Octagon.
Aspen Ladd reacts to corner criticism, says she agrees to fight ‘personally’ with Miesha Tate
She told Fighting MMAMike Heck’s that she agreed to fight Tate. Furthermore, she challenged Tate to back up her words and accept the offer.
“I’ve agreed to fight her in the past and I’ve agreed to fight her now,” she said. “I want that fight. It depends on whether she chooses to take it, or whether she chooses not to fight, or chooses the easier way. We shall see.”
“Hey, look at her, she’s basically set up the fight,” Ladd continued. “If you’re going to do that, if you’re going to talk trash, if you’re going to say things that you have, and now she’s talking about resisting other people calling her out. Of course they. Everyone wants to be against you.
“But when you say very specific things about someone and then you don’t feel like supporting them, I don’t know what makes you, but that’s definitely not a fighter.”
Ladd added that a fight with Tate would be “a lot” a personal affair. “I wanted to fight her in the past simply because she was a returning legend. Now I want to fight her because she said some things that she really shouldn’t have.”
After ending his MMA retirement, Tate defeated Marion Reneau by TKO in July. In November, she made a unanimous decision to lose to Ketlen Vieira. She has a professional 19-8 record. Ladd’s recent loss to Dumont reduced her record to 9-2.
https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2021/12/10/22827859/ufc-its-personal-aspen-ladd-challenges-miesha-tate-to-back-up-her-words-and-accept-fight-mma-news It’s Personal – Aspen Ladd challenges Miesha Tate to back up her words and accept the fight