Dumont managed to beat Aspen Ladd by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) during the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. Dumont parted Ladd with jabs and boxing suits for most of the fight and managed to thwart a Ladd rally in the fifth round.
UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes appeared to have cleaned up the women’s 145-pound division. However, Dumont has now won three straight wins and could be in position for a title fight. Nunes is also the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and she will defend that title at UFC 269 on December 11 in Las Vegas against Julianna Pena.
Dumont vs. Ladd was put together on short notice. Ladd was tottering on the scales and lost a pound of weight for a scheduled fight with Macy Chiasson two weeks ago. Chiasson refused to take the fight. The UFC then inserted Ladd into that main event – a weight class above featherweight – when Dumont’s original opponent, Holly Holm, pulled out with injury last week.
ESPN ranked Ladd No. 4 in the world in the women’s bantamweight division. She had not fought since December 2019 due to knee surgery to repair an ACL and MCL tear. Dumont is also a former bantamweight who evolved earlier this year.
“I know she took the fight on short notice, but I want to tell her she’s a 145-er,” Dumont said in her post-fight interview. “… She has all the strength to continue fighting at 145.”
Dumont used a nice punch to keep Ladd at bay for most of the fight. When Ladd threw his hands, Dumont threw a quick combination to stifle his opponent. Ladd, a kicking mat wrestler, started pressing more in the fourth round.
Dumont made the mistake of knocking Ladd down near the end of the fourth. Ladd swept to gain the upper hand and started raining punches and elbows from there. In the fifth round, Ladd attempted to knock Dumont down via a clinch against the cage, but was unable to do so.
Ladd was able to bleed Dumont’s nose with dirty boxing and elbows against the fence. But she couldn’t get the finish she needed. Dumont was well ahead.
“We know his strength is on the ground,” Dumont said. “I said several times, for you to shoot me, it’s going to take a long time. “
Dumont (7-1) had just won a split decision victory over former title challenger Felicia Spencer in May. The Brazilian native is still on the hunt for her first career KO / TKO victory, but has shown her ability to score victories.
Dumont, 31, trains at Syndicate MMA and the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.
Ladd (9-2) has a UFC record of 4-2 with the only loss before that to former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie at bantamweight. The California native has seven wins from nine career wins. Ladd, 26, is considered one of the best female fighters in the UFC.