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Debut of Aspen Ladd vs. former Bellator champion is scheduled for the 2022 PFL Championships


Aspen Ladd will make her PFL debut next month against a former Bellator champion.


On November 25 at the Hulu Theater in New York City, a women's featherweight fight between Ladd (9-3) and Julia Budd (16-4) is scheduled. Pay-per-view is used for the main card.


Following an initial report from MMA Mania, MMA Junkie confirmed the booking with two persons familiar with the situation on Wednesday. Because the promotion hasn't yet made an announcement, the people spoke on the condition of anonymity.


After leaving the UFC after seven fights, Ladd, 27, joined with PFL earlier this month. After Ladd's dismissal, UFC president Dana White praised her, but added that her well-known problems with weight loss as a bantamweight should not be overlooked.


Ladd's career is entering a new phase as she prepares to take on one of the most decorated female boxers in 145-pound history. Budd, a 39-year-old former Bellator champion who joined the PFL in 2021, was defeated by Kaitlin Young in her professional debut in October 2021. Due to an injury, she was unable to compete against Kayla Harrison in July.


The latest 2022 PFL Championships lineup now includes:

  • Kayla Harrison vs. Larissa Pacheco – for women’s lightweight championship

  • Bubba Jenkins vs. Brendan Loughnane – for featherweight championship

  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Stevie Ray – for lightweight championship

  • Sadibou Sy vs. Dilano Taylor – for welterweight championship

  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Rob Wilkinson – for light heavyweight championship

  • Ante Delija vs. Matheus Scheffel – for heavyweight championship

  • Shane Burgos vs. Marlon Moraes

  • Julia Budd vs. Aspen Ladd

  • Biaggio Ali Walsh vs. opponent TBA

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