Two weeks after a difficult weight cut led to the cancellation of her bantamweight bout against Macy Chiasson, Aspen Ladd will move up a weight class to replace the injured Holly Holm at UFC Fight Night 195.
Ladd will face Norma Dumont in a five-round, 145-pound bout on Oct. 16 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. ESPN was first to report the new matchup is close to being finalized. Ariel Helwani initially brought word that Holm had withdrawn from the UFC Fight Night 195 main event due to a knee injury.
The 26-year-old Ladd has not competed since December 2019, when she defeated Yana Kunitskaya via third-round TKO at UFC on ESPN 7. Since then, Ladd has had multiple fights fall through, including bookings against Julianna Pena, Sara McMann and Chiasson. Ladd did not fight at all in 2020 due to a torn ACL.
Dumont earned the biggest win of her career to date at UFC Fight Night 188, where she garnered a split decision over former UFC title challenger and Invicta FC champ Felicia Spencer this past May. Dumont also owns a victory over Ashlee-Evans Smith in the Octagon.
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