Aspen Ladd

UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Aspen Ladd shakes as she makes weight


UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Aspen Ladd shakes as she makes weight

Cutting weight for a fight can be a complicated practice. The ugly side of it was seen Friday morning, one day before UFC Fight Night Sacramento.

Aspen Ladd, fighting as a bantamweight in the night's main event, had to be covered by a hoop during her weigh in. Once she reached the scale, Ladd appeared to be in plenty of pain as she grimaced with her body shaking. 

In the end, she weighed exactly 135 pounds. Ladd continued to shake as she took down fluids after making weight and could barely flex her arms. 

Ladd, 24, comes into her fight against Germaine de Randamie with an undefeated 8-0 MMA record, and 3-0 in UFC. But she's had trouble cutting weight in the past. Her UFC Fight Night 128 match against Leslie Smith was scrapped in April 2018 after Ladd came in heavy. 

“Because of the Leslie Smith situation, she’s become a perfectionist," Ladd's manager Dave Hirschbein told ESPN's Ariel Helwani. “135 or bust is her thinking.”

Ladd could have used her one-pound allowance -- de Randamie weighed in at 136 -- but clearly, her past troubles with cutting weight was on Ladd's mind. 

Dr. Gary Furness told ESPN's Marc Raimondi that Ladd was "not dangerously dehydrated" despite how bad she looked. He also used nerves as an excuse to why she was shaking.

[RELATED: UFC Fight Night Sacramento predictions for main events]

Ladd doesn't appear to be in shape to watch a fight, let alone perform in a potential five-round bout.

Friday morning's scene was hard to watch. If Ladd doesn't look like herself Saturday night, plenty of questions should be raised. 

UFC Fight Night Sacramento predictions: Expert picks, top bets on card


UFC Fight Night Sacramento predictions: Expert picks, top bets on card

The Golden 1 Center will be the home of yet another big night on Saturday, when the arena hosts UFC Fight Night Sacramento. There will be eight fights in total -- five on the main card and three preliminary fights. 

Taking the spotlight for the evening will be the return of Urijah Faber in front of his home fans, and the undefeated Aspen Ladd out of Folsom.

Ladd (8-0-0) will face Germaine de Randamie (8-3-0) in the women's bantamweight division for the main event. The undefeated Ladd is a -170 favorite to win, according to the Caesar's Palace sportsbook. 

Faber (34-10-0) is coming out of retirement to face Ricky Simon (15-1-0), and the 40-year-old is a Vegas underdog. Simon, 26, is the favorite at -330 to take down "The California Kid." 

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Here are predictions from the experts on the two main events. 

Faber vs. Simon "Simply put, it's hard to like a 40-year-old fighter's chances in a fistfight with a talented striker who is roughly 14 years his junior — especially coming off of a two and half year layoff." Winner: Simon via decision "Simon is consistently active and has been impressive in his last few fights, as he builds on this winning streak and hopes to keep chipping away in the rankings." Winner: Simon "He has speed, power and diversity in his strikes that could at least earn a decision." Winner: Simon via decision

Ladd vs. de Randamine "Ladd has been on fire as of late, but de Randamine represents a major step up in competition. The 24-year-old has yet to face a striker as talented as "The Iron Lady" and looked very hittable in her most recent bout with Sijara Eubanks." Winner: de Randamine via decision "This is a super-hard fight to pick, but I’m going to take a risk and take Ladd." Winner: Ladd via third-round TKO

Brett Okamoto, ESPN: "I believe Ladd will accomplish big things, but this feels like too much, too soon. For the record, however, I won't be shocked if she proves me wrong." Winner: de Randamine via third-round knockout