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Morning Report: Miesha Tate rejects Aspen Ladd’s callout over Ladd’s repeated weight struggles: ‘It’s not personal, it’s professional’

UFC Fight Night: Vieira v Tate Weigh-in Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Last month, Miesha’s Tate suffered her first setback since returning to MMA from a five-year retirement, losing a unanimous decision to Ketlen Vieira at UFC Vegas 43. Now, Tate is looking to avoid another kind of setback, the type that comes from booking a fight against someone with a history of missing weight.

Earlier this month, Aspen Ladd, the fourth-ranked bantamweight in the UFC’s rankings, called for a fight with Tate to settle a beef between the two of them. The grudge stems from comments Tate made about Ladd at UFC Vegas 38, when Ladd missed weight and Tate accused her of attempting to cheat the scale and failing. A few weeks later, Tate again commented on Ladd, suggesting that Ladd’s relationship with her head coach, Jim West, was also problematic. Following Tate’s loss to Vieira, Ladd suggested she and Tate “handle this like adults” and fight, however, given Ladd’s track record on the scales, Tate isn’t interested in assuming that risk.

“Aspen Ladd has called me out to a fight at 135 pounds,” Tate said on her YouTube page. “I’m afraid that I’m going to waste an entire camp training for a fight that may very well end at the scale. Aspen Ladd has missed weight three times in her MMA career and one time she failed to make it to the fight due to weight cutting issues. So all in all, four times. Go to PI (Performance Institute) show some kind of progression. If one of these other bantamweights wants to take that risk then hats off to them.”

It’s true that Ladd has consistently struggled with the scale at 135. Ladd first missed weight in Invicta, coming in at 138.1 pounds for her fight with Jessica Hoy in 2016. Next in 2017, Ladd made weight for a planned bout against Jessica Eye at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, but the bout was scrapped on fight day due to Ladd falling ill, an outcome Eye speculated was due to Ladd’s weight cut. In 2018, Ladd was scheduled to face Leslie Smith at UFC Fight Night 128 but again missed weight, this time by 1.8 pounds, and Smith refused to accept a catchweight bout. In 2019, Ladd caused controversy when she made weight for a fight against Germaine de Randamie but nearly collapsed on the scale to do so. Then as mentioned, earlier this year, Ladd missed weight for a scheduled bout against Macy Chiasson at UFC Vegas 38, causing the bout to be canceled due to health concerns. All in all, it’s a troubling history that does not build confidence in Ladd’s ability to make the bantamweight limit, and unless Ladd can resolve her issues, Tate says she’s not interested in taking the risk.

“If Aspen Ladd can show up, make 135 pounds and have a good performance then we might be talking,” Tate concluded. “But until then, I’m out. It’s not personal, it’s professional.”


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