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A fairly pivotal women’s Bantamweight clash between Aspen Ladd and Sara McMann scheduled for next weekend’s UFC on ESPN 12 event has been forced off the card. MMAJunkie’s John Morgan reported earlier tonight that Ladd suffered an injury and would be forced to withdraw.
That’s bad news on its own, but ESPN’s Ariel Helwani revealed that it’s more than a minor injury. Ladd has reportedly torn both her ACL and MCL, essentially shredding her knee and likely sending her under the knife.
Aspen Ladd has suffered a torn ACL and MCL is out of next weekend’s fight against Sara McMann, sources say. She’ll find out on Tuesday if the injury requires surgery. If so, she’ll be out approximately nine months. UFC seeking replacement. First reported by @MMAjunkieJohn.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 20, 2020
Though Ladd is quite young and likely to recover quickly at 25 years of age, nine months to fight again seems like a rather low estimate. It’s a majorly unfortunate turn of events for Ladd, who is currently ranked within the Bantamweight top five and was potentially fighting for a title shot opposite McMann.
As for McMann, her night of work probably grows much easier. If UFC can find a replacement, her new opponent will only have about a week to prepare for the Olympic silver medalist.
Yo ... WTF?
After a long period of dark news regarding Khabib’s father, this is great to hear!
Kamil Gadzhiev confirms that Abdulmanap has regained consciousness and says he's getting better everyday.— ➡️ (@MMARusContext) June 19, 2020
Yesterday Khabib's coach Javier Mendez also said he's been told by Khabib that his father had recovered from the virus. pic.twitter.com/ankKXLKaJx
More important than another fairly standard poster, EA UFC 4 has been revealed!
Francis Ngannou really puts a damper on Curtis Blaydes’ otherwise perfect career. I do think we’ll see a third fight someday though, they’re both too good and too young for it not to happen.
Former UFC Featherweight Clay Collard continued his spoiler run in boxing last night, handing yet another undefeated prospect his first loss. MMA angles FTW!
Some grappling highlights from debuting UFC fighter Max Rohskopf, who faces Austin Hubbard on very short-notice tomorrow.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Superman punches work more than they don’t, but when things go wrong ... they go real wrong!
Mismatches knockouts count the same on a professional record as more trained opponents.
One more throwback fight from who knows how long ago to finish the week!
The translucent blue tang surgeonfish!
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A translucent blue tang. This is an Acanthurus coeruleus, or a blue tang surgeonfish. They're found from New York to Brazil. This one in particular was discovered just off of Puerto Vallarta, a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The blue tang surgeonfish can grow up to 15 inches long, but the adults aren't see-through. It's their young that are small and transparent. Having clear bodies helps conceal the babies from predators. Sea turtles have a close relationship with these little guys: The blue tang surgeonfish nibbles algae and parasites off the turtle’s flippers, getting the nourishment it needs while simultaneously keeping its flippered friend clean and healthy. Quickly photographed and released unharmed by @kevin__mattson via @underwater
Midnight Music: At nearly 80 years of age, Bob Dylan released his 39th (!!!) studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways today. His first LP of original songs since 2012, it’s already quite widely being hailed by critics. For myself, the 70-minute album will require more listening before any true revelations can be made, but I can say that I very much like this contemplative album.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.