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Midnight Mania! Sara McMann reacts to Aspen Ladd’s weight miss: ‘Equivalent of cheating’

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It is not at all surprising that Aspen Ladd missed weight earlier this afternoon. She’s missed the Bantamweight limit twice previously, and one of her recent bouts took place at Featherweight due to the struggle of making weight. Hell, she’s banned from trying to make 135 pounds in her home state of California after packing on too much weight in 2019 after hitting the Bantamweight limit successfully.

It’s just not a shock at this point. It’s unclear why UFC continues to offer her fights at Bantamweight given her long history of struggles to safely make weight, but it’s going to become more difficult to find opponents willing to sign the dotted line. After all, they’re facing a significant chance of the fight getting cancelled or facing a disadvantage on fight night.

Sara McMann, Ladd’s would-be opponent at UFC Vegas 60, took to Instagram to offer her thoughts. The Olympian isn’t impressed, and she compared missing weight to cheating.

What to even say… I’m really disappointed that things went the way they did. I’ve never once missed weight in my career in wrestling or fighting. Missing weight is the equivalent of cheating. You gain such an advantage for every pound that you don’t have to cut. I wish that the promotions and commissions would change the policies so this isn’t even an option at this professional level. That being said, the @ufc took very good care of me for coming in and doing my job like always. I wish I had been able to compete and show the hard work and growth I’ve made since the last fight. I’ll keep sharpening the ax and do some BJJ tournaments in the meantime until my next fight is scheduled. Thanks for everyone who has reached out, you’re the best!!

Miesha Tate, who has beefed with Ladd publicly quite a bit, chimed in, “Agreed!” in response. Ultimately, it remains unclear what is next for Ladd, and whether or not the Top 10-ranked Bantamweight will even be allowed to make an attempt at 135-pounds in the future.


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