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09 Jul 2019 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Germaine de Randamie vs Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night 155

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THE FACTS

When is UFC Fight Night 155? Saturday 13th July, 2019 - 22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 155? Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

What channel is UFC Fight Night 155 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 155? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 155? https://www.ufc.com/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Germaine ‘The Iron Lady’ de Randamie is finally back in action after injuries have restricted her to fighting only four times since 2013. The young contender Aspen Ladd welcomes her back who is on an active tear and is yet to taste defeat.

We haven’t had the chance to see De Randamie’s full potential in the octagon due to her inactivity. Her only loss in the UFC is to the two-division champion Amanda Nunes and people also forget she was the first female featherweight champion, but she never defended the belt citing more injuries. Thankfully she is back and although she has only fought four times in over five years, she is coming off decisions over Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington.

Ladd has fought eight times since 2015 off the back of a packed amateur career. She has had three UFC fights which have firmly put her name on the map, improving with each appearance. She finished Lina Landsberg with brutal ground-and-pound on her debut, repeated the feat against Tonya Evinger and outpointed fellow up-and-comer Sijara Eubanks in their rematch.

THE PREDICTION

On paper, this is a classic striker vs grappler match-up. De Randamie is a former Kickboxing and Muay Thai world champion with little interest in grappling and Ladd has earned her success with her powerful Wrestling and her striking has been ferocious on the ground but on the feet it is a different story.

This will all come down to how easily Ladd can take De Randamie down and keep her there. She can take the fight away from her if she can tie her up and even find a finish if she gets to the ground. However, ‘The Iron Lady’ has great takedown defence and although she is unlikely to defend every takedown the gulf in class on the feet is too big for her not to capitalize on.

De Randamie is expected to piece Ladd up whenever there is space and use her significant reach advantage to keep the distance, serving up enough damage to secure a late finish.

Winner: De Randamie via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

De Randamie's controversial win over Holly Holm to win the inaugural featherweight title:

Aspen Ladd's brilliant performance against Tonya Evinger - full fight:

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