No. 3-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Aspen Ladd will jump up to featherweight for a five-round headliner against Norma Dumont atop the UFC Vegas 40 fight card on ESPN+, scheduled for tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 16) inside APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dumont’s original opponent, Holly Holm, was injured and forced to withdraw.
Ladd, who continually struggles to hit the bantamweight limit, sabotaged her UFC Vegas 38 showdown opposite Macy Chiasson after coming in heavy earlier this month in “Sin City,” though some 135-pound veterans believe Ladd was trying to game the system.
It’s been nearly two years since the previously-injured Ladd (9-1) last stepped foot inside the cage, a technical knockout victory over Yana Kunitskaya at UFC on ESPN 7. As for Dumont (6-1), she’s coming off back-to-back wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Felicia Spencer.
Watch them face off at the conclusion of the UFC Vegas 40 weigh ins in the embedded video above. Below, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski comes face-to-face with fellow 265-pound co-headliner Carlos Felipe.
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