UFC bantamweight Aspen Ladd recently sustained a training injury and may be sidelined between three and nine months.
As a result, Ladd has been scratched from a scheduled fight at UFC on ESPN 12 with one-time title challenger Sara McMann, multiple people with knowledge of the fighter’s status told MMA Fighting. MMA Junkie first reported the news.
Ladd later revealed that she suffered a knee injury that may require surgery.
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Unfortunately, for the first time in my career I'm being pulled due to injury. This is me right now, finally home after an #mri today and a long talk with a very good doctor. So here's the timeline, I got injured on my last hard day of training last week but still planned on toughing it out and fighting, I didn't realize quite how bad it was. I have been training on it since the initial injury to the best of my abilities and my weight was( is) super low already. So I was thinking I had this. Anyways, I had planned on getting a cortisone shot, and when I showed up to that appointment yesterday the concerned doc ultrasounded my knee, then booked the #mri stat . Turns out I just have a REALLY high pain tolerance. I have 2 grade 3 tears and a couple other injuries going on. I'll know later this week Iif surgery is in my future, but hope to be back in the cage before the end of the year. Honesty is the best policy so here you go, sucks because I feel phenomenal otherwise #shithappens #timetofixit #ufc
UFC on ESPN 12 takes place June 27 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas without an audience in attendance.
McMann, the No. 9 ranked fighter, hopes to make it two wins in a row after a snapping a two-fight skid with a decision over Lina Lansberg.
Ladd most recently delivered a TKO over Yana Kunitskaya to rebound from her first professional loss, a 16-second knockout at the hands of Germaine de Randamie.