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

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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.

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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. 

Daniel Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with win at UFC 241

Daniel Cormier hopes to lift up Gilroy community with win at UFC 241

When Daniel Cormier enters the Octagon on Saturday to face Stipe Miocic in their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 241, he'll be fighting for more than just his chance to retain the heavyweight belt.

Cormier, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, also is the wrestling coach at Gilroy High School. Tragedy recently hit the Gilroy community when a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, killing four people and wounding 13 others.

So Cormier not only will be fighting for the belt Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, but also to represent his community.

"With my attachment to the community, and being the guy that's probably -- you know I talk about all the fighters from the city, but I'm the guy at the forefront as the champion," Cormier told NBC Sports Bay Area. "The opportunity to represent the community on such a massive stage is a huge honor for me. It hasn't been long since the shooting happened, and to be in such a big spot and to carry the flag of the town of Gilroy means a ton to me. 

"People will be watching. They will be rooting and cheering. I know that on Saturday, I'm going to show and prove how strong people from Gilroy are and make them proud."

[RELATED: Cormier offers advice to McGregor after bar punch video]

Cormier defeated Miocic via first-round knockout at UFC 226 last July,

He hopes to lift a belt and a community Saturday with another victory over Miocic on Saturday.

Daniel Cormier offers advice to Conor McGregor after bar punch video

Daniel Cormier offers advice to Conor McGregor after bar punch video

The eyes of the UFC world are locked on UFC 241 and Daniel Cormier's rematch with Stipe Miocic.

Cormier vs. Miocic 2 will take place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, but as is commonplace in UFC, Conor McGregor stole the spotlight Thursday.

TMZ published a video of McGregor punching an elderly man in the head at a Dublin bar back on April 6. 

McGregor reportedly was buying shots of his Proper 12 whiskey for the bar patrons, and the man refused twice, leading to the strike. 

As often happens when McGregor makes news, Cormier was asked about his reaction to the incident. Cormier, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, offered his support and some advice to the UFC megastar. 

"Part of me doesn't even want to watch it, you know," Cormier told NBC Sports Bay Area. "I don't want to see a kid in Conor, he just has the world at his fingertips -- if this is true, I think it's time for the people in his life that really love him and care for him to just sit him down and have a conversation. Again, there's been a number of occasions where things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Sit him down and just kind of reel him in.

"Conor is a great guy," Cormier continued. "I spent time with him, he's a really, really good guy. He just needs to remember, it's not just him anymore. It's his kids, his wife and a legion of people that look up to him."

UFC president Dana White told TMZ that a lot of people get punched in Irish bars all the time, but McGregor still can't go around punching people.

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There has been no legal action yet, and time will tell if the UFC and White take action.

As for Cormier, he beat Miocic via first-round knockout at UFC 226 last July and now hopes to defend his title in Anaheim.