Corners are often not particularly pleased with the performance of their fighters. One such example was Valerie Loureda’s performance several months ago. In the performance Loureda repeatedly kept trying to do spinning moves with little to no success.
But this cornerman has nothing on the coaching Aspen Ladd received last night.
“You’re down 3 to 0. Please tell me what you’re doing,” West said to Ladd. “You have to throw more than one punch.”
"Please, tell me what you're doing?"
Aspen Ladd's corner was not happy ?
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 17, 2021
Many pointed out that this was not particularly helpful – nor inspiring.
Aspen Ladd’s corner after every single round pic.twitter.com/o9o2xP22C6
— The Bagmen (@StranglesBagmen) October 17, 2021
I feel like this guy is coaching for the camera right now
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 17, 2021
Hey cornermen. Motivate, don’t scold and criticize ??♂️
— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) October 17, 2021
Ladd getting absolutely scolded in the corner
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 17, 2021
Aspen Ladd’s cornerman just switched Teams and is now coaching Dumont. #ufc
— MMA Roasted (@MMARoasted) October 17, 2021
This is ABUSE, what a douche
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) October 17, 2021
But what many aren’t aware is that he’s used this approach before – and to a significantly better end result. Back when Ladd was fighting Yana Kunitskaya – his sternness worked and Ladd promptly KOed her opponent in 3rd round.
“I better freakin’ listen – if he’s seeing this, then he’s seeing this, I need to go. And I did,” Ladd said in her post-fight interview in the Octagon that time.
Sadly the approach didn’t give results this time – Ladd lost decision to Dumont following gruelling 5 rounds.