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UFC Vegas 38 video: Aspen Ladd misses weight after lengthy struggle on scale, fight cancelled

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Aspen Ladd’s weigh-in struggles are well-documented, and she had another rough one on Friday.

In her first weigh-in since December 2019, Ladd missed weight by one pound for her bantamweight bout against Macy Chiasson scheduled for Saturday’s UFC Vegas 38 card at UFC APEX. However, Ladd only managed to hit 137 pounds after initially tipping the scales at 141.5 pounds, 5.5 pounds over the bantamweight limit.

MMA Fighting confirmed with officials that Ladd’s bout has been cancelled.

Ladd was the last fighter to appear at Friday morning’s official weigh-ins and she was initially fully clothed, which explains the significant difference between her first and second attempts. Her team immediately called for the box to be brought in so that she could remove her clothes and weigh in again, which led to a lengthy procedure where it appeared that Ladd could not balance herself on the scale.

Watch a portion of the weigh-in above, courtesy of reporter Amy Kaplan.

According to the official reading, Ladd weighed 137 pounds. It is not yet known if her bout with Chiasson (who successfully weighed in at 136 pounds) will proceed at a catchweight and if so, what percentage of Ladd’s purse will be forfeited as penalty.

See more footage of Ladd’s weigh-in below, courtesy of reporters Helen Yee and The Schmo.

This is not the first time that Ladd has had issues with the scale. Ahead of a July 2019 encounter with Germaine de Randamie, Ladd was visibly shaking as she weighed in and she later spoke of her difficulties in an interview with MMA Fighting.

Ladd also missed weight by 1.8 pounds for an April 21, 2018 fight with Leslie Smith. That bout was cancelled after Smith declined to take a catchweight bout.

See the full weigh-in results here.

UPDATE: Ladd has released a statement regarding her weigh-in miss, which can be read below.

Fight is off. Again. All my fault. Straight up started my period 2 days back and made this cut absolutely miserable. Did the best I could, hit 137, the scale situation was a mess because the last thing I wanted was to bleed in front of the media. The fight wasn’t pulled, my opponent then decided she would rather not go through with it, as is her right. I’m going to get slammed regardless, so let it begin.