Aspen Ladd says she's officially off UFC 235 after Holm Holm fight scratch
After women’s bantamweight fight was scratched from the March event due to Holm’s (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) management having difficulty finalizing a contract extension with the UFC, Ladd (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was left without an opponent and frustrated with her situation.
All signs pointed to Ladd not getting a replacement fight, but now she has made it official (via Twitter):
I will not be fighting March 2nd at UFC 235, it’s official. I look forward to competing again in the Octagon and showcasing my skills
UFC 235 takes place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
Ladd, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, viewed UFC 235 as her opportunity to break through as the potential next title contender. It seems No. 9-ranked Holm may get that chance instead, though, as reports have surfaced about a potential championship bout with No. 1-ranked Amanda Nunes at UFC 237 in May.
At 23, Ladd said she’s not upset about it, though. As she recently told MMAjunkie Radio, she is still young and is eager to fight as often as possible against as many people as possible. A bout at UFC 235 is off the table, but Ladd hopes a new opportunity will come up soon.