SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The record shows UFC bantam weight Aspen Ladd became important Friday before her headliner at the UFC on ESPN + 13. But the main contender seemed to have endured a rough cut to get there.  Ladd (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) was visible in rough form when she went out to weigh in. She used the wing to weigh in. Once on the scale, Ladd and grimaced as a member of the California State Athletic Commission shook the scale. She was 135 pounds even.
After short hydration, Ladd struggled to dress. It was also difficult for her to hold the bicep flex for the camera, as she stood next to the scale rather than back on top of it. Then charge needed help from a member of the commission to leave the room.
Ladd, 24, has struggled with weight loss problems earlier . In April 2018, her UFC Fight Night 128 was abolished against Leslie Smith the day of weighing in after Ladd came in heavy.
That situation was actually revealed in her weight loss for the UFC on ESPN + 13. Ladd could have used her a pound allowance to weigh in at 136. But, according to her boss, Dave Hirschbein, the decision to make 135 was intentional.
"Because of Leslie Smith's situation (she lacked weight before that fight) she has become a perfectionist," Hirschbein told ESPN's Ariel Helwani . "135 or bust is her thinking."
Half of the main event, Ladd will take on the former woman's featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in a five-year bantamweight matchup. The Randamie weighed in at 136.
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