It’s been a struggle to maintain focus on some of the lower card belts heading into UFC 229 this weekend because let’s face it, McGregor/Khabib is so highly anticipated that everywhere you turn its either a ‘The Eagle’ or ‘The Notorious one’ all up in your grill, but if you’re interested in some potential money makers this weekend I think Aspen Ladd might be a great play for punters.
Aspen is a young up and coming prospect in the womans bantamweight division, currently ranked #9 in the official UFC rankings holding a professional record of 6 fights and 0 losses with only one fight going to the judges scorecards when I say ‘Aspen Ladd is straight up bad’ I do not mean this in the literal sense… she is one tough s.o.b !
Sijara Eubanks (who headlines the main event at UFC230) has been the only female to escape the octagon without being knocked out or submitted by Ladd but still losing by unanimous decision in a convincing victory for the Californian native. It’s been just under a year since Ladd made her UFC debut and with a couple canceled bouts on top off almost a year of free training down at MMA Gold Fight Team, I believe it is her time to shine here. At a tender age of 23, Aspen reminds me of the female equivalent of Sage Northcutt constantly evolving and growing . Without a doubt in my mind, she will be top #5 contender in the near future.
Her opponent, Tanya Evinger is at the opposite end of the scale in terms of career and experience. She is 37 years old with a lot of experience, most notably managing to survive two rounds against Cyborg which many ladies have failed to do. She is now dropping weight and taking a fight with a miniature bull, Aspen is going to walk her down and throw some mean hands at Tanya and although we know Tanya thrives in a dog fight I feel like she will want to avoid that with Aspen.
Aspens base is clearly boxing, her hands have impressed me in all of her 6 professional fights, I’m pretty sure Tanya will want to look for the take-down and avoid any sort of striking match-up with Ladd otherwise she might be seeing stars in the early rounds. That said, Aspen does hold a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu and 1 submission victory is her short term career.
I’m looking forward to this match-up, take your money and lay it on Aspen Ladd because at a price like -167 / 1.60 … another TKO victory will sure add to her value and you might not see Aspen coming in at a price like this again.
Scheduled to be the one of the biggest fight card’s in UFC history, tune into UFC229 live at 3 AM BST on BT Sport.
Aspen Ladd To Win @ 1.60
Stake : 1.5 units