Norma Dumont picks up UD victory over Aspen Ladd at UFC Vegas 40

Norma Dumont picks up UD victory over Aspen Ladd at UFC Vegas 40

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.

Continue reading to see how this epic main event encounter went down:

Official Result: Norma Dumont def. Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)

Round 1

Round one is very much a feeling out process, with Dumont throwing a lot of jabs, landing some of which, and Ladd taking part mostly on the defensive. She does throw back with a couple right crosses, but doesn’t do much aside from defend Dumont’s strikes.

Round 2

More of the same was played out in round two, only Ladd attempted a takedown toward the middle of the round, unsuccessfully we’ll add. Dumont is still controlling this entire fight with her jab.

Round 3

Ladd is committing a little more to the takedown in this round, but is still unsuccessful with every attempt.

Dumont is now adding a cross behind some of her jabs, and has gotten her front push kick going toward the end of the round.

Round 4

Ladd comes out pursuing another takedown attempt along the fence, and is again denied, before they’re separated back to striking range. Dumont’s still winning the striking battle, so Ladd ties up with her again, but this time she gets her foot swept out from under her, and she ends up on her back.

The national Sanda champion remains on top for the rest of the round, and she’s now taken down her last three opponents since losing her promotional debut to Megan Anderson.

Round 5

It’s evident Ladd’s time away has hindered her, she hasn’t exactly looked like herself tonight.

Then again, Dumont has stuck to the very basics and beat her with them. Ladd ties up with Dumont to start the fifth and has her against the cage for the majority of round five.

This has been quite an uneventful affair, but Ladd didn’t make it too hard for the Brazilian.

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