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Aspen Lad cut from the UFC roster amid weight struggles

Aspen Ladd, a once-promising bantamweight prospect, is no longer on the UFC roster following her latest weigh-in miscalculation.

Ladd was supposed to fight Sara McMann on Sept. 17 at UFC Fight Night 210, but the fight was canceled after Ladd checked in two pounds overweight for the 135-pound contest. Ladd's loss was her third in the UFC, as she also came in heavy for fights against Macy Chiasson in 2021 and Leslie Smith in 2018. As a result, both of those fights were canceled. She also failed to make weight for a fight against Jessica Hoy under the Invicta FC banner in 2016, but the fight went on as scheduled.

In addition to those issues, Ladd struggled to make weight for a fight against Germaine de Randamie in the main event of UFC Fight Night 155 in July 2019. Despite visibly shaking on the scales, she managed to land at bantamweight. One day later, however, she was defeated by de Randamie in a 16-second TKO.

Ladd, 27, is 9-3 as a professional and 4-3 in UFC competition. She has defeated Sijara Eubanks (twice), Tonya Evinger, Yana Kunitskaya, and Lina Lansberg in her career. She briefly fought at 145 pounds before losing a unanimous decision to Norma Dumont in the main event of UFC Fight Night 195 last October.

Ladd could be a good fit for the PFL. The PFL has a women's lightweight division led by Kayla Harrison, and it has recently added former UFC fighters Marlon Moraes and Shane Burgos.


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