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Aspen Ladd Replaces, Holly Holm, Headlines UFC Fight Night

Aspen Ladd will step in on short notice for former UFC champion Holly Holm and headline Saturday night's UFC event.

Aspen Ladd has replaced Holly Holm and will meet Norma Dumont Saturday at UFC Fight Night.

Holm, a former champion, was forced out of the bout. Ladd vs. Dumont takes place live on ESPN+ from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Along with Ladd-Dumont, former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski battles Carlos Felipe. 

No. 10 women’s pound-for-pound fighter Ladd (9-1, El Dorado Hills, Calif.) hopes to pick up where she left off following a 2019 TKO victory over fellow contender Yana Kunitskaya. During her UFC run she has also netted impressive stoppage wins against Tonya Evinger and Lina Länsberg. Ladd now goes for another emphatic finish in her featherweight debut.

Dumont (6-1, fighting out of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil) aims to turn heads in her first UFC main event opportunity. A Sanda black belt and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, she has earned victories over former featherweight title challenger Felicia Spencer, as well as Ashlee Evans-Smith. Dumont now hopes to spoil Ladd’s return and establish herself as the top contender for a featherweight title shot.

Decorated veteran Arlovski (31-20, 2NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) is poised to build off his recent victory over Chase Sherman. The record holder for most UFC heavyweight wins, he holds memorable victories over Travis Browne, Antonio Silva and Roy Nelson. Felipe (11-1, fighting out of Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil) hopes to steal the show in the biggest spotlight of his career. An aggressive striker, he is currently riding a three-fight win streak with victories over Jake Collier, Justin Tafa and Yorgan de Castro. 

Additional bouts on the card include

  • The Ultimate Fighter season 23 winner Andrew Sanchez (13-6, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) takes on Bruno Silva (20-6, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) at middleweight
  • Jim Miller (32-16 1NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) will set the record for most UFC fights when he faces UFC newcomer Erick Gonzalez (14-5, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) at lightweight
  • Manon Fiorot (7-1, fighting out of Nice, France) hopes to continue her streak of finishes when she meets Mayra Bueno Silva (7-1-1, fighting out of Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil) at flyweight
  • Exciting middleweights clash when Julian Marquez (9-2, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) squares off with Jordan Wright (12-1 1NC, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Danny Roberts (17-5, fighting out of Liverpool, England) returns to action against Ramazan Emeev (20-4, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) in a welterweight bout
  • Sijara Eubanks (8-6, fighting out of Brick, N.J. by way of Springfield, Mass.) aims to build off her recent knockout win when she takes on Luana Carolina (7-2, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) at flyweight
  • Nate Landwehr (14-4, fighting out of Clarksville, Tenn.) faces Ludovit Klein (17-3, fighting out of Nove Zamky, Slovakia) in an intriguing featherweight bout
  • Danaa Batgerel (9-2, fighting out of Erdenetsagaan, Sukhbaatar, Mongolia) meets Brandon Davis (14-8, fighting out of D’Iberville, Miss.) in a bantamweight bout
  • Istela Nunes (7-1 1NC, fighting out of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil) makes her UFC debut against Ariane Carnelossi (12-3, fighting out of Presidente Prudente, Sao Paulo, Brazil) at strawweight
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