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.
Opening up the main card tonight was a featherweight contest between Nate Landwehr and Ludovit Klein.
Landwehr came into the bout having gone 1-2 in the UFC thus far, while Klein has gone just 1-1 within the promotion.
Continue reading to see how this bout went down:
Official Result: Nate Landwehr def. Ludovit Klein via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:22 of round three
Klein comes out throwing heavy body kicks in order to set up his hard punches.
Landwehr is showing his durability, and his landing some of his own, but appears to be a step behind in the striking department.
Klein partially lands a head kick to start round two and swarms Landwehr with punches immediately afterward in attempt to secure the finish. However, he’s unable to, and the two end up in a clinch along the fence.
A scramble ensues, which shows Landwehr lock up a very tight anaconda choke. He’s unable to secure it though and they return to their feet, but Landwehr’s attack isn’t done.
It was evident he isn’t as technical as Klein early on, but it’s also evident at this point that Landwehr doesn’t get tired, and Klein does. Landwehr starts pouring it on, landing a barrage of strikes, from knees and hooks to the head and body. He did a beautiful job of mixing it up.
The tides have seriously turned going into round three.
Klein opens up the third round in control, landing his shots and keeping Landwehr at bay, along the outside of the octagon. It’s weird, Landwehr isn’t exactly picking up where he left off 60 seconds ago.
However, just as soon as we think that, he starts to pour it on and turn up the pace again.
This forces a desperate double leg shot out of Klein, which is beautifully stuffed, as he puts Klein to his back.
Landwehr then locks up another anaconda choke and gets the finish.
After stumbling against The Ultimate Fighter 27 winner Mike Trizano back in May, he stumbles again tonight, falling to the former M-1 Challenge featherweight champion. Landwehr improves to 15-4 tonight, while Klein falls to 17-4.
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