The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas, Nevada once again tonight, October 16, 2021, for UFC Vegas 40, headlined by a women’s featherweight clash between Norma Dumont (6-1) and Aspen Ladd (9-1).
Dumont is on a two-fight win streak, having just defeated former title challenger Felicia Spencer in her latest appearance, while Ladd’s been out the last 22 months. Actually, Ladd hasn’t fought since Dumont made her UFC debut.
However, she did defeat No. 6 ranked Yana Kunitskaya in her last bout via TKO early in round three, and she’s ranked No. 3 at 135 lbs herself. Injuries and issues consistently making weight have been to blame, as well as a couple of her opponents pulling out of their bouts.
Granted, Ladd’s had a lot of cancelled bouts, but she is filling in for No. 2 ranked women’s bantamweight Holly Holm tonight. That’s why a move, at least a temporary one, to 145 lbs to face one of the top prospects in the division is so enticing.
Co-headlining the event is a heavyweight clash between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, who’s gone 4-2 in his last six after losing four-straight, and surging prospect Carlos Felipe, who’s 11-1 and on a three-fight win streak.
Our feature fight of the night came in the lightweight division showcasing Jim Miller, who breaks the record tonight for the most fights in UFC history, and if he’s victorious, he’ll have the most wins in lightweight history. He faces promotional newcomer Erick Gonzalez.
Continue reading to see how this bout went down:
Official Result: Jim Miller def. Erick Gonzalez via KO (punch) at :14 of round two
The two open up the bout exchanging strikes, with Miller getting his inside leg kick going, up until Gonzalez catches him hard. Gonzalez secures a bodylock trip takedown, but Miller is quickly back to his feet.
Gonzalez follows up and badly wobbles Miller, but Miller ankle-picked his way out of harms way for a moment.
Once they’re back to their feet, Miller takes some more punishment, up until he ends up stunning Gonzalez toward the end of the round with his left cross. He continues landing that same punch four-to-five times, backing Gonzalez up more each time.
Miller then ties up with Gonzalez along the fence for the remaining 15 seconds of the round.
Gonzalez comes out too aggressive to start round two and gets starched with that same left cross early.
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