The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) production team is not being paid nearly enough to deal with Aspen Ladd and her dog, the UFC Vegas 32 fighter teased in a recent interview.
There are two places you can find Ladd: in the Octagon or hiking mountains. Ladd (9-1) caught up with MMAMania.com ahead of her fight with Macy Chiasson (7-1) at UFC Vegas 32, which will take place inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend (Sat., July 24, 2021), streaming on ESPN+. During the interview, Ladd laughed about the dangers UFC’s staff go through to film promotional content with Ladd and her two dogs.
“My older dog is a pro at this point. She’s been through so many shoots. but my puppy is 10-months-old and is very protective. I think they deserve hazard pay between the hiking and Kylo wanting to eat them. It was a little special this last time,” Ladd explained. “They should start asking for a little bit extra when they come out here.
“He’s great but there are a couple of things we need to work on,” she added of her young husky. “Like recall when he sees a bear, for example, because he chased one of those recently.”
Ladd also touches on Miesha Tate’s return to action against Ladd’s teammate, Marion Reneau.
“That’s a legend in the sport. It’s definitely an interesting fight. It’s something I haven’t necessarily thought about yet because she announced her comeback and I was already booked. When I’m booked, that’s the end of the world and the end of the road. There is nothing beyond that point,” Ladd told MMA Mania. “We’ll see how that fight goes and a couple of other ones in my division and see what happens after mine.”
Ladd was scheduled to fight Julianna Pena in March 2020; however, Pena pulled out because of an injury and Ladd eventually fought Sara McMann. Ladd eventually returned in Oct. 2020 and lost to Germaine de Randamie before bouncing back against McMann at UFC 257 earlier this year. Pena later dropped a promo and seemingly talked her way into a UFC women’s Bantamweight title fight ... despite being ranked below Ladd.
“That’s the state of the UFC,” Ladd says. “Anybody who is willing to talk a little bit of s—t and really be that person gets more attention. It’s just a matter of if you want to do that. If you want to venture into that realm. It’s not me, man.”
UFC Vegas 32 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend (Sat., July 24, 2021). The ESPN+ card is headlined by Cory Sandhagen vs. T.J. Dillashaw in a fight that will likely determine the next contender for the UFC Bantamweight title after Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan 2.
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