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Two of the top wrestlers in the women’s Bantamweight division are likely to face off, as MMA Junkie reports that Sara McMann and Aspen Ladd will fight at a UFC event on Sat. June 27, 2020 at a to-be-determined location. At the moment, Las Vegas is considered a possibility.
Ladd herself took to Twitter today to confirm that she has a fight, though she did not name her foe.
Got the call I’m in @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite #MMAGOLD— Aspen Ladd (@AspenLaddMMA) May 18, 2020
An Olympic silver medalist in freestyle wrestling, McMann challenged Ronda Rousey for the Bantamweight title back in 2014. More recently, she successfully returned from an extended layoff due to pregnancy by dominating Lina Lansberg. At 39 years of age, McMann is still ranked inside the top 10 and aiming for a title run.
Meanwhile, Ladd is one of the division’s best prospects, sporting a 9-1 record and already ascending into the top five at the age of 25. She rebounded from her first career loss last time out, storming out of her corner as the third round began to crack Yana Kunitskaya with a huge left hook and earn the knockout win.
Who ya’ got?
Shoutout Alistair Overeem for this insane accomplishment! I would have guessed Andrei Arlovski was on that list as well, but he only fought once in 1999, losing his debut.
Alistair Overeem joins Aleksei Oleinik as the only other fighter to win in 4️⃣ different decades #UFCFL | BT Sport 1 HD pic.twitter.com/rqcrIefGPW— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 17, 2020
How Bellator Flyweight champion Ilma Lei-Macfarlane tackles quarantine:
Gerald Harris calls out the classic dumb copout answer regarding the judging problem:
Can someone please explain to me how to not leave it in the hands of the judges? This option never comes with instruction. I would love to hear how this is even possible at the highest level.— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) May 18, 2020
Florida Athletic Commission tricked us— M͎M͎A͎ ͎G͎O͎D͎S͎ (@GodsMma) May 17, 2020
Dumb Ass Judges
Paulo Costa was extra entertaining online over the weekend.
Oh. My. pic.twitter.com/MiKGjNKQo8— KAIROS (@kairosmma) May 17, 2020
This made me laugh out loud. pic.twitter.com/Ihln2FzeVr— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) May 18, 2020
Francis Ngannou and Mike Tyson is an ultra scary combination.
I do my best not to post trash talk that is clearly Ali Abdelaziz speaking through his fighters (or at least I try ti acknowledge it when it’s obvious).
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Caption really says it all!
Muangthai elbow of the day. pic.twitter.com/WggkYh3HvU— nojillnolife (@nojillnolife) May 15, 2020
When an opponent approaches with some wild-and-weird-jumping-spinning nonsense, backing straight up with hands low is not the best approach.
Capoeira is not useful in MMA and it nev...... pic.twitter.com/tDcn5Cwegx— MMAssault (@MMAassault1) May 15, 2020
A liver shot doesn’t have to be loaded up much if placed accurately!
Remember when the Wii was popular and similar results were frequent? Technology changes, broken TVs do not.
absolutely no one:— Ashley (@ashleycacioppo) May 16, 2020
my dad doing virtual reality: pic.twitter.com/nkLmtEJlZj
Midnight Music: End your Monday with some soul:
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.