Aspen Ladd steps in to face Tonya Evinger, bout moved to #UFC229

Tonya Evinger has recieved a new opponent and a new date for her next UFC fight.

The former Invicta bantamweight champion and one-time UFC featherweight title challenger will now face fellow Invicta vet Aspen Ladd at UFC 229 on Oct. 6.

Evinger (19-6) was originally slated to face Ketlen Vieira in a top contender fight but the Brazilian was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury that  will require surgery.

Luckily for Evinger and fight fans, the promotion was able to find a replacement opponent in unbeaten Aspen Ladd (5-0). The 23-year-old has five finishes in six wins, including a TKO victory in her UFC debut versus Lina Lansberg in October of 2017.

Source: John Morgan, MMA Junkie (click here)

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6 comments

  1. Good to hear. I was wondering what happened to Aspen. She seemed so promising but up until today, it was nearly a year since her last fight with no new fights announced. Sarah Kaufman must be bummed, as she was asking for the fight. Hope the UFC brings her on over soon.

    1. Aspen Ladd hasn’t fought in 10 months because she missed weight badly a few months ago, and Leslie Smith refused to accept the fight.

      1. That’s right. Thanks for the reminder, although I’m not sure if I would call missing weight by 2 pounds “missing weight badly.” To be honest, I was more disappointed with Leslie not taking the fight when she would be receiving 20% of Aspen’s pay plus an additional $5K that Aspen was offering. Hopefully, Aspen does a better job of weight management this time around.

        On another note, any word on what’s become of Leslie since she left the UFC? I think she could have a decent go at the featherweight title over at Bellator, but at 36, maybe she’s simply retiring.

        1. What Nick said below. Also, she’s been the main advocate for a fighters’ union in MMA the last few years. After she refused the Ladd fight on principle, to make a point that fighters shouldn’t be expected to always cowtow when they’re not employees, among other issues, the UFC promptly paid her the rest of her contract which I think was just the total for that fight she refused, plus the winning bonus ! That’s how badly they wanted to get rid of her ! She’s currently suing the UFC, as of a few months ago, on various labor practices including her basically being fired.

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