Aspen Ladd’s corner was forced to apologize faced with harsh criticism over how they talked to Ladd between rounds. The coach was somewhat rough and unapologetic – and it’s not the first time they utilized this type of an approach. Lucky for them, the previous time it seemed to work out for them:
However in Ladd’s defeat to Norma Dumont – Ladd didn’t manage to muster up a response to the harshness and ultimately dropped a decision after 5 rounds.
“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
Even though some stood in defense of his coaching method he opted to appologize:
“Tonight was not our night. It’s been our night many many times at the highest level but not tonight. I blame myself,” West wrote on Instagram. “Though it may not be my fault. it’s not up for debate. I take all the blame. Yes after the first couple rounds I may have been a little harsh but i know aspen and at that time technical conversation was not in the cards being down 3 rounds. Nonetheless i own it and i am sorry [Aspen Ladd] from the bottom of my heart I will continue to be better each time.”
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Ladd has remained silent on the subject.