Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd
|Date & Time||Saturday July 13, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Golden 1 Center
The Line: Ladd -147 / de Randamie +133 -- Over/Under:
Germaine de Randamie and Aspen Ladd fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 155 at the Golden 1 Center.
Germaine de Randamie enters this fight with a 8-3 record and has won 63 percent of her fights by decision. de Randamie has won her last four fights and is coming off a November win over Raquel Pennington. de Randamie is averaging 3.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48 percent. de Randamie is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. de Randamie won her return to bantamweight and hasn’t lost a fight since taking a couple of years off when losing to Amanda Nunes back in 2013. de Randamie is a standup striker who has a deep background in kickboxing and boxing, and she’s more than willing to trade in the octagon, as we saw in her victory over Holly Holm. de Randamiehas good footwork and is a rangy fighter who can get in and out nicely. de Randamie doesn’t have much ground success on the UFC level in terms of numbers, but she has shown quality wrestling in the past and can survive the canvas if needed. This will be de Randamie’s fourth career fight in California.
Aspen Ladd enters this fight with a 8-0 record and has won 63 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Ladd’s third fight since 2018 and is coming off a May win over Sijara Eubanks. Ladd is averaging 6.92 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 57 percent. Ladd is averaging 1.37 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Ladd is now 3-0 under the UFC banner and has earned performance bonuses in each of her last two fights. Ladd has now given Eubanks two of her three career losses, and she’s clearly somebody the UFC is trying to build up at just 24 years old, as she’s already headlining a card this early in her career. Like her opponent, Ladd comes from a kickboxing and boxing background, and she has some wrestling experience as well. Ladd is at her best on the canvas, as she goes for the takedown often and is relentless on the canvas with ground and pound. Once Ladd gains top position and locks in a full mount, she unloads punches and elbows and it’s where her knockouts have taken place. However, Ladd can improve he standup striking to take that next level. This will be Ladd’s second career fight in California, her birthplace.
This is going to be a big test for Ladd, as her opponent has a reach advantage and is a better pure standup striker. de Randamie also isn’t the easiest fighter in the world to takedown, so she’s going to have her work cut out for her. de Randamie can rough up Ladd by fighting on the outside and unleashing powerful kicks. There’s reason to strongly consider the plus money. With that said, Ladd has fought lengthy, experienced fighters in the past, and while her standup isn’t where it needs to be yet, she’s good enough to be effective on her feet until she gets this fight where she wants it. Ladd also has an edge in terms of speed and quickness, and it’s probably only a matter of time before she locks in the clinch and is able to go to work. Once Ladd gets this fight on the ground, she’ll takeover this fight rather easily.
If there was more meat on the bone, I’d consider the upset, but for this price, I like Ladd to remain unbeaten.