Aspen Ladd has suffered a serious setback in her profession, however is set to bounce again stronger.
Ladd (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who was scheduled to face Sara McMann this Saturday at UFC on ESPN 12, suffered a torn ACL and MCL, which pressured her to withdraw from her bout.
Chatting with MMA Junkie, Ladd defined how she injured her knee two weeks out from her struggle, and admitted she hoped to battle by means of it, however was finally suggested in opposition to it as a result of severity of the damage.
“It was my final arduous day of coaching, final sparring session,” recalled Ladd. “It was a wrestling-type state of affairs after which simply my foot obtained caught and the remainder of my physique turned, heard a loud pop. That was every week earlier than I obtained identified with what it was. So throughout that week, I had nonetheless deliberate to struggle. Don’t get me fallacious, it harm, but it surely was like, ‘Eh, my weight is absolutely good, it simply hurts, I can work by means of this,’ and that was the plan.”
After struggling her first profession professional loss to Germaine de Randamie final July, Ladd rebounded with a third-round end of Yana Kunitskaya at UFC on ESPN 7 in December.
She was lined up for large issues when she was matched up with fellow prime contender Julianna Pena in March earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic struck, then she was booked to face former UFC bantamweight title challenger McMann. However now Ladd could also be taking a look at roughly 9 months on the sidelines earlier than she will be able to return to motion at full health.
As quickly as she’s cleared to struggle, Ladd isn’t planning on losing any time.
“I wish to struggle as quickly as I probably can and I’m gonna do no matter it takes to do this,” Ladd stated. “However proper now it’s determining what the plan of action in so far as learn how to handle the damage and are available again from it as quickly as doable.”
“Once I do get again, and hopefully it’s sooner fairly than later, I wish to line them up. No extra breaks, no extra 5, 4 months. I wish to simply go.”
Although she’s on the verge of title rivalry at bantamweight, Ladd revealed she’s open to choices at featherweight as effectively, on condition that each roads result in UFC two-division champion Amanda Nunes.
“The tip of the street is identical in each divisions and loads of the 35ers, should you simply take out the water lower, (are) pure 45’s,” Ladd stated. “I’d don’t have any downside combating each divisions.”