If you thought a 46-second fight was fast, that's nothing compared to only 16 seconds. That's all Germaine de Randamie needed to hand Aspen Ladd (8-1-0) her first career loss.
De Randamie (9-3-0) landed a right-hand punch to Ladd's jaw just 16 seconds into the first round of the co-main event Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Golden 1 Center.
Germaine de Randamie (@IronLadyMMA) tied the record for fastest TKO in women's bantamweight history with a 16-second finish of Aspen Ladd. #UFCSacramento— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) July 14, 2019
Full recap: https://t.co/npN3Ar6n2X pic.twitter.com/SCaRhJD0Lz
The decision for referee Herb Dean to stop the fight came with controversy, though.
GDR. TKO!— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) July 14, 2019
de Randamie stops Aspen Ladd in the opening seconds in the #UFCSacramento main event. Was it too early?
Don’t love that stoppage. Ladd looked a tad out but I think Dean jumped in too fast.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 14, 2019
(GDR is on the phone in the cage. Never seen that before.)
Though she understands why the crowd might be frustrated, de Randamie believes the right call was made.
While some might question Dean's decision, de Randamie landed a clean punch on Ladd that knocked her to the mat. A scary scene at Friday's weigh in could have played a role in the early stoppage, too.
Ladd didn't look like she was in shape to drive to the arena, let alone compete in a fight. She was seen shaking to make 135 pounds as a bantamweight and could barely flex her muscles for pictures.
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No matter your thoughts on the decision, de Randamie made history in Sacramento. Her 16-second win tied Ronda Rousey for the fastest knockout in UFC bantamweight history.
In 16 seconds, Germaine de Randamie ties Ronda Rousey for the fastest knockout in @UFC women's bantamweight history.— UFC News (@UFCNews) July 14, 2019
LONGEST ACTIVE UFC WIN STREAKS - UFC Women's Bantamweight
8 - Amanda Nunes
4 - Germaine de Randamie (@IronLadyMMA)
4 - Ketlen Vieira pic.twitter.com/AA9Ipmyk8v
On a night full of fireworks, the flames went out with a quick but loud bang in the two main events.