Ex-UFC fighter Aspen Ladd moves to featherweight, meets Julia Budd in PFL debut
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) wasted no time getting Aspen Ladd her first assignment.
The current PFL signee will compete withinside the soon-to-be-introduced women`s featherweight department and proportion the SmartCage with Julia Budd on the 2022 PFL Championships set for Nov. 25 at Hulu Theater in New York City. Drake Riggs of MMA Mania become first to record the combat, and Ladd showed it throughout a current look on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.
“I`m thrilled,” stated Ladd. “It`s quite tons a fighter`s dream at Madison Square Garden and I`m excited that I don`t ought to wait till subsequent April essentially to begin this subsequent season. So I`ve been ready to discover if I become going to be on it and I were given the affirmation ultimate week, and I become like, `Yes!`”
Ladd signed with PFL after she departed from the UFC in advance this month. The former UFC bantamweight went 4-three over seven appearances, however numerous weight misses marred her time withinside the promotion. Ladd weighed in at 138 kilos for her combat towards Sara McMann at UFC Vegas 60 this beyond September, canceling that look and prompting Dana White and Co. to element approaches with her. She left on a -combat skid, arising quick towards Norma Dumont and Raquel Pennington at UFC Vegas forty and UFC 273, respectively.
Budd joined the PFL over a 12 months in the past and is 1-1 in outings. The `Jewel` earned a unanimous choice over Kaitlin Young in her light-weight debut at PFL 10 in 2021 however fell to Genah Fabian at PFL three in 2022. Her subsequent everyday season trip become speculated to be towards Kayla Harrison, however Budd become compelled to withdraw because of injury.
The 2022 PFL Championships capabilities six identify fights. Headlining the pay-per-view occasion is a 3rd combat among Kayla Harrison and Larissa Pacheco.