Should Aspen Ladd still be fighting at bantamweight?

Oct 6, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Aspen Ladd (red gloves) celebrates beating Tonya Evinger (blue gloves) during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Given that Aspen Ladd had such a difficult time cutting weight prior to her most recent fight, should she be fighting at bantamweight on Saturday?

Should Aspen Ladd still be fighting at bantamweight?

Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist

No, because I don’t want to see her hurt herself any further. She’s missed weight a handful of times already, it’s pretty obvious that the cut is too much for her at this point. Why not move up to featherweight and fight at a more natural weight? Why do this to yourself if you don’t have to? Is it worth the risk? She’s too young.

Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist

I would say no, Aspen Ladd shouldn’t be fighting at bantamweight, but that puts her and UFC in a tough position because there isn’t much of a featherweight division to speak of right now. I’m a fan of the California State Athletic Commission’s policy of banning fighters from competing in a division if they have bad weight cuts or they gain too much weight after weighing in. The problem is that UFC and the other commissions aren’t acknowledging these guidelines and following suit.

Dylan Thompson MMATorck UK Specialist 

We have all witnessed her struggle on the scales to make weight, looking in visible pain. And to put herself through that pain to then be TKO’d 16 seconds into her fight, my answer would be a resounding no.

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