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A top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight battle has been put back on the books for October.
On Thursday morning, a fight recently canceled has a new home at the upcoming Oct. 2 show, according to ESPN. The UFC Fight Night event on this date will now play host to Aspen Ladd (9-1) vs. Macy Chiasson (7-1) at bantamweight, in a bout that was once set for UFC on ESPN 27. The fight fell apart on fight week due to an injury to Chiasson’s leg, and it will be recovered by October. Chiasson has since confirmed this pairing on her Instagram.
Ladd will be looking to make her first trip to the Octagon since a third-round knockout of Yana Kunitskaya in December 2019. The win successfully rebounded Ladd from the first loss of her career, a controversial stoppage against Germaine de Randamie that was nearly overturned by the California State Athletic Commission due to an early stoppage. The Californian celebrates a career finish rate of 78 percent, with knockouts in three of her four UFC victories.
Since Ladd’s last fight, Chiasson has emerged victorious twice, taking decisions over Shanna Young and Marion Reneau. Winner of Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter” at featherweight, Chiasson promptly dropped down to bantamweight and knocked Gina Mazany and Sarah Moras out. Her lone setback came against Lina Lansberg in late 2019.
The UFC Fight Night event on Oct. 2 will see Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker throw down at lightweight heavyweight atop a card held inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Other significant bouts include Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill also at light heavyweight, while Kevin Holland takes on Kyle Daukaus in the middleweight division.
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