UFC on ESPN+ 53: Ladd vs Dumont - Card Preview - 10/16/21
This card has gone through a small pile of main event changes before ultimately landing on Ladd and Dumont. Originally, former champion Meisha Tate was scheduled to face off against Ketlen Viera. When Tate got Covid they placed Norma Dumont and Holly Holm as the main event. Holm recently got injured so now the UFC gifted Aspen Ladd with the main event slot.
Ladd was supposed to fight two weeks ago at bantamweight but had another terrible weight cut which got her fight scrapped. That shouldn’t happen again as she’s now fighting 10 pounds north in the featherweight division against Norma Dumont. Dumont got knocked out by Megan Anderson in her UFC debut but has since rattled off two wins against Ashley Evans-Smith and Felicia Spencer.
The main event is as weak as it gets but there are a few other good matchups and household names on here. Long time fans will recognize Andrei Arlovski and Jim Miller making their UFC walks for the millionth time. Jordan Wright and Julian Marquez should be one of the better main card fights so tune in to that one. While Landwehr/Klein and Davis/Batgerel should be exciting scraps on the prelims for anyone keen enought to start the show early. Entire lineup is below:
Aspen Ladd vs. Norma Dumont
Andrei Arlovski vs. Carlos Felipe
Jim Miller vs. Erick Gonzalez
Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Julian Marquez vs. Jordan Wright
Andrew Sanchez vs. Bruno Silva
Danny Roberts vs. Ramazan Emeev
Sijara Eubanks vs. Luana Carolina
Nate Landwehr vs. Ľudovít Klein
Danaa Batgerel vs. Brandon Davis
Istela Nunes vs. Ariane Carnelossi