PFL featherweight Aspen Ladd has opened up about the tough weight cuts she had to endure whilst attempting to make bantamweight for the UFC.
Ladd (9-3-0) was released from her UFC contract earlier this year following a series of fight cancellations due to weight issues.
During a recent PFL media call, Ladd discussed her departure from the UFC and just how tough her last weight cut to 135-pounds was.
“The last couple of years, it’s been my desire to move up. And in the UFC they have that division (women’s featherweight), but they’re really not putting any effort or attention into it. It kind of exists because Amanda has the belt right now, and they want me to move up.” Ladd explained.
“So yeah, that was kind of like the last straw. I know I can’t. Like, I can barely sometimes make 135 and every single time is bad, so it was more of a health thing. For this last cut, that was the leanest I’ve come in. I started that cut at 142 pounds and after three I just dried up. So during that whole six hours of roasting and not sweating anymore, just feeling like I’m dying, I’m like, ‘I’m never doing this again. I’m done.’ Whatever the course may be, it’s 45 from here on out.” she continued.
Ladd says that the UFC refused to allow her to compete as a featherweight on a consistent basis, and is happy she has now found her home with PFL.
“Because that’s the only place where there was opportunity for me, and you fight where you have that. And yeah, at the end they didn’t (let me fight at 145). And honestly, for anybody else that’s currently in that division, start looking at your options. If you can be one of the ones that drops, do it.” she said.
The PFL currently hosts regular season tournament matches for women in the 155-pound lightweight division, however next year they are expected to change it to the 145-pound featherweight class. Ladd says she couldn’t be happier about this.
“I’m extremely excited that they decided to do that. As I said, going into this it’s like, ‘Oh they have a 155 – which is you walk in at whatever you’re walking around that basically.’ But for them to actually have a 145 division, and the fact that they actually want to put effort in, and they want to flush it out, that is exciting.” she said.
Aspen Ladd makes her PFL debut at next week’s PFL 2022 Championships pay-per-view event when she takes on former Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd.
The PFL 2022 Championships event takes place on Friday, November 25, 2022, from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. The main card will be aired live on pay-per-view from 1 pm ET.