It was reported late Wednesday night that Holly Holm will be unable to make her October 16 main event against Norma Dumont due to a knee injury. At the time of the initial report, there was no word on if Dumont would remain on the card. Now, courtesy of additional details provided by ESPN, it has been revealed that Aspen Ladd will serve as Holm’s replacement for the bout.
Ladd was supposed to compete at last weekend’s UFC Vegas 38 event but as a direct result of her weight-miss, her bout against Macy Chiasson was canceled. This short-notice bout against Dumont will serve as Ladd’s featherweight debut.
The rankingless UFC featherweight division has been in desperate need for some new blood since its inception four years ago. Thus, the arrival of 26-year-old Aspen Ladd into the division is just what the doctor ordered. Ladd will be exiting the bantamweight division, either temporarily or permanently, with a victory in her most recent bout against Yana Kunitskaya.
Norma Dumont has also competed at bantamweight and compiled an undefeated 4-0 record in the division. At featherweight, she is 1-1, with her loss coming to former UFC title contender Megan Anderson. In her most recent contest, Dumont defeated Felicia Spencer via split decision at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt in May.
With this new main event, here is the updated lineup for UFC Vegas 40:
Aspen Ladd vs. Norma Dumont
Andre Arlovski vs. Carlos Felipe
Andrew Sanchez vs. Bruno Silva
Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Jordan Wright vs. Julian Marquez
Danny Roberts vs. Ramazan Emeev
Luana Carolina vs. Sijara Eubanks
Ludovit Klein vs. Nate Landwehr
Da Un Jung vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Daniel Santos vs. Marcelo Rojo
Ariane Carnelossi vs. Istela Nunes
Brandon Davis vs. Danaa Batgerel
Who’s your pick for this new UFC Vegas 40 main event between Aspen Ladd and Norma Dumont?