Ladd (9-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) officially missed weight for the third time in her UFC tenure – and fourth time in her career overall – on Friday. She was 138 pounds for her women’s bantamweight bout with Sara McMann (13-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC), which is two pounds higher than the non-title limit of 136 pounds.
According to UFC officials, who spoke to MMA Junkie, Ladd’s weight cut was halted by doctors before she could drain herself any further, and no subsequent attempts will be made.
The amount in which Ladd will be fined has yet to be determined, and the promotion hasn’t revealed if McMann has agreed to the matchup under catchweight terms. MMA Junkie will provide more information as the situation develops.
Regardless, it’s a bad look for Ladd, who has a well-documented history of poor weight cuts. In September 2018, Ladd missed weight and had a fight with Leslie Smith canceled after Smith declined to fight an overweight opponent. She had a frightening scene of trembling on the scale ahead of a July 2019 bout with Germaine de Randamie, which she ultimately hit the mark for but suffered a quick TKO loss.
More recently, Ladd missed weight for a October 2021 fight with Macy Chiasson, which was canceled. She then competed at women’s featherweight for one fight – which she lost to Norma Dumont – before moving back down. She made women’s bantamweight for an April fight with Raquel Pennington before this latest incident.
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