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Midnight Mania! Aspen Ladd suffers major injury, forced out of Sara McMann fight

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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.

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.

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