Aspen Ladd: Redefining Yourself After A Loss

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-7-17-47-pmOn February 27, 2015, at Invicta Fighting Championships (IFC) 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet, mixed martial arts enthusiasts were introduced to Aspen Ladd (4-0) when she shot like a cannon from her corner with an explosive ferocity that intensifies as time ticks off the clock.

Ladd’s signature fighting style stemmed from suffering her first, and only, defeat. During an appearance as a guest host on Episode 3 of the MMAGOLD Podcast (link here), the shining prospect out of MMAGOLD noticed her supernatural aggression was evident in the fight following Cynthia Calvillo’s blow to Ladd’s pristine record as an amateur,

“My last amateur fight was against Roma Pawelek,” she reflected on the return to her winning ways. After that, I debuted in Invicta, and, four fights later, here we are.”

Following Ladd’s freshman and sophomore visits under IFC’s banner, she, along with MMAGOLD’s coaching staff, decided a move to bantamweight was in order. Ten-pounds more mass was nothing in comparison to the amount of weight Ladd carries around on her shoulders, in each and every training session, to never recycle the emotional torment suffered because of defeat,

“You experience a feeling that you never want to go through again. That’s a huge motivating factor moving forward.”

Not a single ounce of relentlessness has diminished as Ladd continues to mold her craft, as demonstrated in her last outing versus Jessica Hoy at IFC 18: Grasso vs. Esquibel. Known to bully her competition to the ground and pound them into dust, Ladd, highlighting the exponential growth of her handiwork on the feet—attributed to her boxing coach, Mike Guy—set her sights on the knockout before an opportunity presented itself in the second round to drag Hoy into her natural habitat,

“Ever since then [Ladd’s first loss], I’ve seen my style change, everything has. I’m a far more aggressive fighter.”

Stay connected with Ladd (link here) to discover when she’ll return to action and display her further evolution as an elite prizefighter.

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