October 15, 2021 12:07 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Aspen Ladd vs Norma Dumont at UFC Vegas 40

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When is UFC Vegas 40? Saturday 16th October, 2021 -22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 40? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 40? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 40 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 40? 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+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


Aspen Ladd (9-1) finally makes it to the octagon. After turning on beast mode and blitzing through Yana Kunitskaya back in 2019, she had fights with Julianna Pena and Sara McMann fall through and then suffered a nasty knee injury in training tearing her ACL and MCL. She was then slated to fight Macy Chaisson twice, but Chaisson got injured before UFC Vegas 32 and then Ladd missed weight before UFC Vegas 38. However, Ladd has got lucky as Holly Holm was supposed to be headlining but got injured leaving allowing the UFC to give her another headlining act despite missing weight.

Norma Dumont (6-1) receives the change in opponent but she is just happy to be on top of the card especially as she was pushed up after KEtlen Vieira vs Miesha Tate fell through. Not many people can boast headlining a card after only two UFC wins, especially in the female divisions, so Dumont has a huge opportunity to snatch some attention. Attention the bantamweight division needs and although her debut could not have gone worse getting knocked out by Megan Anderson, she earnt a classy unanimous decision over Ashlee Evans-Smith and is coming off a huge split decision win over Felicia Spencer back up at featherweight in May.


At the time of writing this, it is hard to believe this main event slot will go smoothly but at least there is less chance of these ladies missing weight up at featherweight.

This should be a very fun fight with a mixture of grappling and striking. Ladd is not the most technically skilled striker, but she is a powerhouse and very explosive. Dumont is a lot more technical as a national champion in Sanda. She has better movement with dangerous leg kicks and after the first few exchanges, we expect Ladd to resort to her wrestling.

She is very strong in the clinch and if she can get the fight to the mat, her ground-and-pound will be a severe threat. Dumont is also very strong in the clinch and as she is more of a natural featherweight, it will be interesting to see who looks stronger.

Ladd will be even more powerful with less weight to cut but it will not be long before she realizes she cannot stand with Dumont. We can see the Brazilian make Ladd look like a novice on the feet and can even knock her out but if Ladd gets the fight to the ground easily, she has the ground-and-pound to earn another statement TKO.

It is tough to predict which way it will go but as Dumont is the underdog, she is the smart pick. It is also important to note that she has also been training for five rounds so if this goes past the second, Dumont should run away with it.

Prediction: Dumont via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Dumont to win

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