After compiling five straight wins, each in dominant fashion, under banner of Invicta Fighting Championships, Aspen Ladd (5-0) soon grew too big for the all-female fight promotion’s pond. Now, the young gun out of El Dorado Hills, California is prepared to cut her teeth with the sharks of women’s MMA, challenging herself amongst the deepest talent pool the sport has to offer in her UFC debut.
It was only a matter of when, not if, the world’s premier MMA organization would add the twenty-two year old phenom to their bantamweight roster. When the contract to face Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye (11-6 1NC) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale on July 7, 2017 crossed her path, the competitive fire in Ladd’s doughy eyes burned hot enough to bake one of her infamous celebratory cookies.
Throughout Ladd’s professional career, she has delivered a non-stop assault on those who stand before her, establishing a dominance in grappling exchanges and pounding rivals through the canvas. Constantly adding new wrinkles to her skill set, the coaches at MMAGOLD have created a monster out of Ladd; for example, Coach Doug Casebier, the Condition and Nutrition Specialist, packed every ounce of explosive muscle possible on her 135-pound frame, while Mike Guy, the team’s boxing coach, has instructed her how to destroy the focus mitts with a mere jab. These improvements have been on display in Ladd’s last several appearances at Invicta FC; she stood toe-to-toe with her foes and eagerly awaits her opportunity to present an upgrade to her abilities against a seasoned vet, such as Eye.
Since entering the UFC in 2013, Eye’s run, dropping the last six of eight contests, has formed more tears than crow’s feet with smiles. Known to own a pedigree in boxing, the Midwest maiden from Cleveland, Ohio, regardless of a record reflecting nearly four times the experience, better not be peering at Ladd as if she’s fresh meat.
The aggressive nature of Ladd will generate considerable buzz surrounding the future of the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division; therefore, fight fans should program their televisions to FOX Sports 1 and tune-in when Bruce Buffer’s inaugural introduction of this highly touted prospect ignites the prelim portion of the TUF 25 Finale.