UFC women’s bantamweight contender Aspen Ladd slammed the former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. Ladd is even willing to fight Tate without getting paid – all for the privilege to land shots on Tate.
This is not the first time the two got into an altercation. A year ago, Miesha Tate accused Ladd of trying to cheat on the scale at UFC Vegas 38 against Macy Chiasson. The bout was eventually canceled.
It’s one thing to miss weight, it’s another thing to try and cheat the scale and use every excuse in the book to not weigh in properly. Everyone saw you cheat and still came in a lb over. I bet you were every bit of 139. https://t.co/VyOWcfTMCv
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) October 3, 2021
Later on, Miesha Tate criticized Ladd for dating her coach. ‘Cupcake’ believes that a romantic relationship between a coach and a fighter would be problematic, especially for female fighters.
“It is, from my experience, generally problematic when a female fighter, especially younger, starts dating a coach. The more the age difference, the more they become, sort of, hooks in, claws deep, and they start to feel like they can rule your life. And that can happen even outside of fighting, but when you add that kind of dynamic to it as well, it can just be such an ugly situation. So I think it’s something we should definitely have conversations about, to make people a little more aware that it doesn’t have to be that way.” Tate told MMA Fighting
In her recent talk with Lowkick MMA, Aspen Ladd was asked about Tate’s criticism. She responded by calling Tate a ‘Karen’ for trying to meddle in someone else’s business.
“That’s the Karen of MMA. I just wanted to hit her, I still want to hit her. But, that’s not in my future right now. I have a different fight but purely, they wouldn’t have to pay me honestly. That would be a fun one.” Ladd said.
MMA community was quite dismayed to hear the advice Ladd was given while losing a fight by her boyfriend. At the time there was some talk about if the advice was too harsh – but being harsh with Ladd previously worked and she managed to comeback in her fight against Yana Kunitskaya – his sternness worked and Ladd promptly KOed her opponent in 3rd round.
After losing her featherweight debut last October against Norma Dumont, Aspen Ladd decided to go back to bantamweight. She is set to fight the number 3 ranked Irene Aldana at UFC 273 on April 9th. So far, Ladd has a score consisting of 9 wins and 2 losses.
As for Miesha Tate, she has gone 1-1 after returning from retirement. The 35-year-old will make her featherweight debut and fight Lauren Murphy on May 14.