Aspen Ladd vs. Sara McMann scratched from UFC San Diego


Aspen Ladd’s quest to get his career back on track has suffered a setback.

MMA Fighting reports that Ladd has tested positive for COVID-19, calling off her matchup with former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann from the UFC San Diego roster on August 13. The promotion would be looking towards rescheduling the fight for UFC 279 in September, but those are just preliminary talks and nothing official.

Ladd (9-3) started his career 8-0 and seemingly on course for a title at just 24, but those hopes were dashed after a quick TKO loss to Germaine de Randamie in 2019. A TKO victory in the third round on Yana Kunitskaya followed soon after, but she missed all of 2020 (including a canceled fight against McMann) with ACL and MCL tears. Since her return, she has suffered losses to Norma Dumont at featherweight and most recently Raquel Pennington at bantamweight.

McMann (13-6) is still going strong at 41. The Olympic freestyle silver medalist unsuccessfully challenged for the UFC title against Ronda Rousey in 2014, but she remains ranked in the top 10 all these years later. His last fight was a unanimous decision against Karol Rosa at UFC Columbus.

UFC San Diego is headlined by a men’s bantamweight bout between former champion Dominick Cruz and rising Ecuadorian star Marlon Vera.

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