The fight card for this weekend's UFC Vegas 60: Sandhagen vs. Song has been reduced by one fight after a women's bantamweight matchup had to be canceled.
The troubles Aspen Ladd is having with the scales don't seem to be over. Going all the way back to 2016, the top-ranked bantamweight has experienced difficulties getting to the 136-pound limit of the category. The 27-year-UFC old's debut was postponed on fight day due to a suspected sickness related to her weight-cut, making a total of four fights canceled during fight week, three after she entered above the bantamweight limit.
Following a particularly challenging weight cut before her fight with Germaine de Randamie in 2019, Ladd had her license to compete in the state of California suspended. The CSAC stated that Ladd exceeded the commission's mandated 15% tolerance by regaining 18% of her body weight after weigh-ins. Ladd was noticeably emaciated and on the point of passing out when standing on the scales, despite making weight and making it to the bout.
In response to criticism from former bantamweight Miesha Tate following the cancellation of a bout with Macy Chiasson in 2021, Ladd stated that she will be making efforts to make things right.
But whatever she's been doing doesn't seem to have made the issue go away. For her upcoming fight at UFC Vegas 60: Sandhagen vs. Song versus Sara McMann, Ladd checked in two pounds overweight. The bout she was supposed to compete in has been canceled. And there is no news whether the bout will be rescheduled to a later date.
Should Aspen Lad move to the featherweight division after a history of weight cutting struggles?