Former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm was forced to withdraw from a featherweight main event against Norma Dumont on Oct. 16, sources told ESPN.
The UFC is working to name Aspen Ladd, 26, as a replacement to fight Dumont on the UFC Fight Night main event, sources said. Once the deal is signed, the fight is expected to remain a five-round featherweight competition. Fight Night will take place at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Ladd (9-1) was scheduled to fight Macy Chiasson at UFC Fight Night last Saturday, but she looked shaky and seemed to shake as the weight dropped during the weigh-in; the fight was finally called off. Ladd wrote on social media that Chiasson chose not to go ahead with the fight after Ladd missed the weight, which he said was “his right.” Ladd took responsibility for the failure.
It would be Ladd’s first appearance since December 2019. He missed all of 2020 with a torn ACL.
Dumont (6-1), is 2-1 in the UFC. He is coming off a split decision victory over former featherweight title challenger Felicia Spencer.
This card had already lost a main event. Miesha Tate was scheduled to face Ketlen Vieira, but Tate was pulled from the card after testing positive for COVID-19. Since then, that confrontation has been rescheduled for November 20.